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Each weekday in February, Go 95.3 looks back at an important figure in black history.

Today we feature LL Cool J the long-standing hip-hop icon whose longevity in hip-hop cannot be overstated. From “Rock the Bells” and Radio, one of the very first Def Jam releases, through changing with the times and evolving with immortal albums like Bigger and Deffer and Mama Said Knock You Out, crossover classics like “Phenomenon” and “Doin’ It,” an unblemished record battling with hip-hop heavyweights and success in television, film and hosting duties, LL’s a tremendous ambassador for the culture, embodying all that hip-hop can do and never turning his back on the community. LL most recently became the first MC to receive Kennedy Center Honors and has been nominated five times for entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In honor of LL, join us in taking a look back where it all began as the “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” rapper performs in 1985 at what’s very likely the first rap concert ever held in the state of Maine, to the point where he has to explain to the crowd what hip-hop is. Incredible.

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