On Saturday (August 6), LL Cool J was presented a key to the city of his native Queen, New York during the Rock The Bells Festival.
Adrienne Adams, Speaker of New York City Council, presented the Hip Hop legend with the declaration as part of a special ceremony honoring his contributions to the culture.
“Hollis, Queens was represented today at @RockTheBells as the @NYCCouncil celebrated a true Queens legend, the one and only @llcoolj!” Adams wrote in a tweet featuring photos of the event. ‘It was an honor to present him with a proclamation acknowledging his undeniable impact on Hip Hop and popular culture.”
The sold-out festival was hosted by Roxanne Shanté and featured performances from the rap pioneer himself, along with Scarface, Fat Joe, Ice Cube, Jadakiss, The Diplomats and more.
“I feel like Hip Hop is indisposable,” LL COOL J said in a statement, according to HipHopDX. “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.”
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.