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LL Cool J

Year of Honor: 2011

The latest recipient of this prestigious award (and the fourth one who hails from Queens, NY), LL Cool J is an undeniable rap legend who has managed to remain relevant generation after generation. Much like Ice Cube, "Uncle L" has catapulted himself into a career in film just as big as his career in music. Whether you're watching NCIS: Los Angeles or dusting off an old pair of TROOPS, it's evident that it's not just the ladies who love Cool J, it's  hip hop culture as a whole. 

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