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Before he was solving grizzly crimes on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles and being the most under-appreciated Grammy host of the modern era – he really did a great job, you monsters – LL Cool J was hard as hell. One of the most consistent hip-hop artists in history, he’s been getting lifetime achievement awards since 1997 and now he’s potentially entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The qualifications for entering the Hall of Fame are a significant impact on the industry and 25 years since one’s first release. Given that LL Cool J’s Radio came out in 1985, and that –  as the clip below shows – he’s been a rap ambassador going back even before that, Cool J is more than qualified.

Cool J’s entry would be the Hall’s seventh rap entry. He’d follow fellow hip-hop pioneers Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five (who became the Hall’s first hip-hop entries in 2007), Run-DMCBeastie BoysPublic EnemyN.W.A. and Tupac.

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