LL Cool J now has a Key to the City of Queens, NY.
LL COOL J Presented with a Key to the City During Rock The Bells Festival
Some of the biggest names in hip-hop took the stage at the inaugural day-long "Rock the Bells Festival" at sold-out Forest Hills Stadium.
Hosted by Roxanne Shanté, performances from Fat Joe, LL COOL J, Scarface, Ice Cube, Digable Planets, Jadakiss, The Diplomats and more.
The “I Need Love” rapper was presented with the honor with New York City Council Adrienne Adams during the first “rock the bells” festival.
The Queens rap legend was presented with a key to the city in his hometown of Queens, New York during the inaugural Rock The Bells Festival on Saturday (August 6). Speaker of the New York City Council Adrienne Adams presented the Hip Hop icon with the declaration as part of a special ceremony honoring his contributions to the culture.
New York City Council Adrienne Adams shared photos to her Twitter account of the event with the caption: “Hollis, Queens was represented today at @RockTheBells as the @NYCCouncil celebrated a true Queens legend, the one and only @llcoolj! It was an honor to present him with a proclamation acknowledging his undeniable impact on Hip Hop and popular culture.”
“I feel like Hip Hop is indisposable,” LL COOL J said in a statement. “And I feel like, the same reverence and deference in the way Paul McCartney gets celebrated, the way Bob Dylan gets celebrated or Mick Jagger, I feel like these artists, these kings and queens, deserve that same treatment for this art form.”
Additionally, to the 'rock the bells' festival partial proceeds from the ticket sales are going to the Universal Hip Hop Museum, which will open in a 52,000-square-foot space at the Bronx Point development at Mill Pond Park.