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As the Rap stars begin to become eligible for the Rock and Roll of Fame, they face the same debate that stars from other genres do: that of whether popularity should supersede art. LL Cool J could be the first of the Rap stars to fall strongly on the popularity side of the equation, as though he did sell a lot of albums, but was also accused of selling out.

LL Cool J (born James Smith) made his mark by blending Rap with the Pop sound and helped to broaden the Rap genre as much as any other star of the 80’s. He gave the world Rap Ballads and gave the genre a romantic side it never knew existed. But there in lied the problem, as West Coast Rap and Gangsta Rap took over, LL appeared as a sappy dinosaur to some while he was still in his early twenties. He rebounded in the early 90’s with a harder edge and gained back many of the fans he lost as well as gained a lot of respect with those he never had. With his crossover success into acting, LL Cool J did not dedicate as much to his music as he could have, but he did prove that a Rap star could have mainstream success and a long lasting career. With a nomination in his first year of eligibility, it is likely just a matter of when LL Cool J raps his way and becomes one of the youngest entrants to the Hall.

Should LL Cool J be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 44.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 32.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2011: #102
    2012: #91
    2013: #87
    2014: #80
    2015: #80
    2016: #84
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 2009
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (New York City)
  • Why they will get in: He is a huge star of Hip Hop which has the respect of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Why they won't get in: As big a star as he is, there are circles that did not find him influential.
  • Nominated in: 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018
  • Essential Albums: Radio (1985)
    Bigger and Deffer (1987)
    Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Rock the Bells (From Radio, 1985)
    Go Cut Creator Go (From Bigger and Deffer, 1987)
    Going Back to Cali (Single, 1988)
    Mama Said Knock You Out (From Mama Said Knock You Out, 1990)
    6 Minutes of Pleasure (From Mama Said Knock You Out, 1990)

Should LL Cool J be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 44.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 7.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 16.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 32.4%
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+1 #4 Michael tabor 38 2017-08-04 10:39
Chuck D said ll cool j should have been the 1st solo act Inducted not 2 PAC.
But know PAC is in anyone goes in before ll would be stupid
With that said watch biggie be the next rapper in
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+6 #3 Michael Tabor 2016-01-29 15:18
Rap Is In the Hall, He was the 1st Big Solo Rap artist. Had a Long Career 80s Rap stars had very short careers in General! After him we need to take a break for awhile with RAP since NWA was inducted this year!
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+8 #2 EverestMeisterNeg1 2013-08-11 16:57
'Accidental Racist' alone should ban him from the hall of fame.
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+5 #1 Greg Legakis 2013-01-14 06:21
Pleeeze!
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