LL Cool J

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2009 (The 2010 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2010   2011   2014   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2018 (ranked #169) .


Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Radio (1985)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Rock The Bells (1986)
I Need Love (1989)
Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)

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Will LL Cool J be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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A major contributer to the Rap game. But no way has LL's style of music influenced any style of Rock or Pop music. "I Need Love" was one of the first Rap ballads. He's a pretty good lyricist. I like a lot of his music, but he's not HOF material dispite having the longest consistent career in HipHop. At this point I think the only other Rappers that's a lock for the Hall is Run-DMC.....The KING OF ROCK!!!

Posted by Joe-Skee on Monday, 06.25.07 @ 17:20pm


why is a rapper even a nomanie? This is the Rock and Roll hall of fame last time I checked Rap is not Rock.

Posted by Stephanie on Sunday, 08.12.07 @ 16:19pm


LL cool J is eligible in 2009. he put out a single in 1984

Posted by Martin on Saturday, 10.6.07 @ 07:27am


Does anyone really think he can sing...if so you do need your ears chrecked...it's called NOISE

Posted by Phyon on Friday, 05.16.08 @ 22:31pm


A name synonymous with early mainstream rap. Real problem is that very little of his core catalog broke new ground with most of it having not aged well. If the Rock Hall of Fame were to have, say, twenty rappers, he'd have a very strong case. If it goes the route of selecting the finest dozen or so that had a big impact on the overall rock aesthetic (Beasties, Afrika, Kanye, Jay-Z, Eminem), then he's on the outside looking in.

Really, it's hard to predict if any other hip hop artists will be enshrined in the near future. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five weren't elected if you count the votes that were received late. Plus, they benefited from old fogeys voting for Dave Clark/Joe Tex and not voting for Patti Smith/Stooges which ultimately split the votes some. Last year had a clear set of five nominees for those "that prefer 'rock'" hence why the two disco/two hiphop nominees were left in the dust.

Posted by Casper on Sunday, 05.18.08 @ 19:35pm


He should get in.To all you cry babies that wanna let any Hip-Hop in its the only genre of music that hasn't been white washed.Hip-Hop is here to stay.We need our own Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Leon on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 23:44pm


O sorry i must be in the wrong place. could someone please direct me to the rock and roll hall of fame?


rap isn't rock. why is he on the list?

Posted by Munkstermann on Monday, 09.22.08 @ 21:42pm


I feel that any musician who's been in the game for so long regardless of music genre, and is qualified, should be in the HOF. LL Cool J has influenced me over the years. He has positive messages and is not afraid to express his true feelings. Rap is like a parable with embellished lyrics. Music is music regardless on how you classify it.

Posted by Richard on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 00:21am


Yes sir 25 year in hip hop that's along time for any genre of music

Posted by Leon on Wednesday, 12.10.08 @ 19:36pm


LL should get in to me.I dont have a problem with good hip-hop and ll is good hip-hop.He's been in the game forever releasing hit after hit and staying consistent.

Posted by Calvin on Friday, 01.2.09 @ 14:30pm


i understand he was big back in the late 80s but his style is so irrelevant and personally i think most of his songs are senseless

Posted by xavier on Friday, 01.16.09 @ 02:41am


this is rock hall of fame not gaylord hall of fame

Posted by bob on Tuesday, 04.7.09 @ 11:05am


25 years and still doing it!

Posted by Leon on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 16:28pm


This joker in before Rush or Judas Priest?

Posted by Orion. on Sunday, 09.27.09 @ 11:04am


He's not in yet Orion

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 09.27.09 @ 14:19pm


From Digital Dream Door

LL Cool J

Each year has an obvious headliner among the first-time eligible candidates and LL Cool J is this year's choice in that regard. As rap established itself throughout the 80's on its way to becoming the most dominant form of rock 'n' roll ever since, it was a 16 year old who helped lead the charge when the former James Todd Smith and his ever-present bucket hat released the stunning debut album "Radio" in 1985. From there LL Cool J (Ladies Love Cool James) became rap's biggest solo star over the next decade, pushing the style firmly into the mainstream at a time when it was still in danger of being dismissed as a fad and subsequently when its more controversial aspects came to the forefront. Groundbreaking, technically skilled and rap's first sex symbol, LL's sustained hit making career helped dissuade the notion that hip-hop was a disposable entity or fringe movement. He brought romance into what had been the ultimate party music with his crossover hit "I Need Love" in 1987 and by the early 90's he mounted his first comeback in an era of gangsta rap with his most acclaimed album ever, "Mama Said Knock You Out", offering a straightforward style that proved artists didn't have to jump on the latest trends to maintain an audience. Above all else he established long-term viability for rappers, with 9 Top Ten albums stretching over two decades of releases, making him one of rock's most bankable commodities in its most tumultuous subgenre. If he's not a lock for induction this year then something is amiss.

Qualifications: 8 - Unquestioned Credentials

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 14:42pm


I think Kurtis Blow should get inducted into the RRHOF before L.L. Blow was Rap/Hip-Hop's first male superstar. A true pioneer. He was also way more influential than L.L. was.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Thursday, 09.23.10 @ 11:26am


From Rock Hall

LL Cool J always had his sights set on rock & roll. Born James Todd Smith in Queens, New York, LL was only 17 in 1985 when he recorded “Rock the Bells,” which included the following couplet: “It ain’t the glory days with Bruce Springsteen/I’m not a virgin so I know I’ll make Madonna scream.” A year earlier, LL had made his debut on Def Jam, which was also the debut of the label itself. His first two singles – “I Need a Beat” followed by “I Want You” – sketched out the two main gears of his career: testosterone-maddened battle raps and tender, sexy love songs. The former included “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (1985), “Jack the Ripper” (1987) and “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1991). The stylish aggression built into these songs influenced no less a figure than Michael Jackson, who cut “Bad” after meeting LL in person – and after LL himself cut “I’m Bad.” The love songs may have been even more influential and popular. When “I Need Love” went to Number One on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart in 1987, it was the first rap recording ever to reach that summit. Like Stevie Wonder at Motown, LL Cool J has spent the whole of his 26-year career at Def Jam. His success in music has served as a launching pad to concurrent careers in the movies, on television, in fashion, and in fitness.

From Digital Dream Door

LL Cool J.
Indefensibly failed to make it in last year as a first time eligible on the ballot, the voters have a chance to rectify that injustice this year. As rap established itself throughout the 80's on its way to becoming the most dominant form of rock 'n' roll ever since, it was a 16 year old who helped lead the charge when the former James Todd Smith released the stunning debut album "Radio" in 1985. From there LL Cool J became rap's biggest solo star over the next decade, pushing the style firmly into the mainstream at a time when it was still in danger of being dismissed as a fad. Subsequently when more controversial artists came to the forefront and began to define its image in the media, LL Cool J ensured that rap never became only about conflict and negative headlines. Groundbreaking, technically skilled and rap's first sex symbol, LL's sustained hit making career helped dissuade the notion that hip-hop was a disposable entity or fringe movement. He brought romance into what had been the ultimate party music with his crossover hit "I Need Love" in 1987 and by the early 90's he maintained his status in an era of gangsta rap with his most acclaimed album ever, "Mama Said Knock You Out", offering a straightforward style that proved artists didn't have to jump on the latest trends to maintain an audience. Above all else he established long-term viability for rappers, with 9 Top Ten albums stretching over two decades of releases, making him one of rock's most bankable commodities in its most tumultuous subgenre. The first unquestioned rap solo superstar.

Qualifications: 8 - Unquestioned Credentials

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.1.10 @ 21:26pm


L.L. does have two certified classic Rap albums. "Radio" and "Mama Said Knock You Out". They are both great listens. That might help put him over the top. "Radio" from 1985 is one of the most influential Rap/Hip Hop albums from The 80's. From a production stand point. Reduced by Rick Rubin.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 10.2.10 @ 09:27am


F*&% no! I had to say that, sorry. He gets me angry for some reason....

Posted by Brittany on Wednesday, 11.17.10 @ 15:02pm


LL is a ICON!! He should be let in the Rock & Roll Hall Fame!!

Posted by Frank on Sunday, 11.28.10 @ 00:22am


To all you people who are uneducated with rap, it takes a lot of skill, and LL has influenced many.

I agree with Frank.

He may not be rock but he does play with a live band, and he literally "rocks" at his shows and in all of his albums. How many artists are able to make it 23 years without embarrassing themselves? Not too many, LL is one of them. He had 14 Top 40 hits, and many of his albums (earlier) are liked my rocker people (he's real rap). Sevendust covered Going Back to Cali, even. I think he should get in and I would love it when he does get in.

Posted by DogJay88 on Wednesday, 01.18.12 @ 00:05am


Should a miracle occur and Public Enemy and N.W.A both make it first ballot, then this guy should be next. Hell, even if N.W.A doesn't make it you could make an argument that he should be in before them. Amazing the hall would choose the Hollies and Darlene Love over him. Hope he still finds consideration as all these 90s rappers start to become eligible.

Posted by Jim on Friday, 10.12.12 @ 14:40pm


Since when is LLcoolJ Rock and Roll ?

Posted by mike on Friday, 03.8.13 @ 02:51am


Accidental Racist is the Brad Paisley and LL Cool J attempt at Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 04.12.13 @ 10:53am


In the words of Awesome Dre: LL stands for "Lame Loser".

Posted by Jason on Saturday, 12.14.13 @ 16:57pm


List of Hip-Hop Acts that deserve induction

*Means definetly soon or soon when eligble
^Means Eventual
•Means already inducted

•Public Enemy
•Run-D.M.C.
•Beastie Boys
•Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5
*N.W.A.
*LL Cool J
*Afrika Bambaataa
*Eric B. & Rakim
*De La Soul
*A Tribe Called Quest
*2Pac
*Notorious B.I.G.
*Dr. Dre (Probably as a producer)
*Eminem
*OutKast
*Jay-Z
*Kanye West
^Nas
^Ice-T
*Wu-Tang Clan
^Lauryn Hill (or the Fugees)
^Missy Elliot
^Kool Herc
^KRS-One
^Puff Daddy (as a producer)
*Russel Simmons (non-performer)
*Rick Rubin (as a producer)

One can't deny their affect on rock and roll this far.

Posted by TooLate on Sunday, 03.30.14 @ 23:46pm


I think LL Cool J should be in RRHOF. That mic is still smoking after Mama Said Knock You Out. He could sing a softer I Need Love too. His music shows influence being used by other artists and covers. Going Back To Cali was another big hit. Definitely influential and innovative Rap artist. He's still only in his 40's. He should be inducted next 3-5 years. KING

Posted by KING on Thursday, 05.21.15 @ 16:27pm


LL Cool J has a good chance for nomination again this year. He's 1 of the most respected rap acts if you look at 30 years of solid productivity, his acting, and all his talents. Still in his 40's and has the star magnetism the music legends have. LL Cool J is deserving of RRHOF. Had hit songs and influenced many future rappers. A King salute! Might be the best talent in any genre.KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 09.25.15 @ 23:18pm


Yes he was a huge force in Hip-Hop's history til he got destroyed by Canibus so I say he deserves it.

Posted by Michael on Wednesday, 06.22.16 @ 15:18pm


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