LL Cool J discusses his influence on rappers & more with BET Hip-Hop Awards 2011 [Video]

Fact: LL Cool J doesn’t need to be given an award for people to recognize that he is an ‘Icon’ but I guess presenting him with said award pretty much solidifies the notion to a lost and un-Hip Hop-educated generation of Hip Hop heads that may (foolishly) beg to differ and lets be honest… amongst its many many many mishaps The Cyphers, DMX‘s performance and LL’s Icon Award were three of the only shining lights at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards. Heavy D performance to close out the show anyone? Exactly!

As part of the ‘I Am Hip-Hop Icon Award’ gesture Ladies Love Cool James sat down with the folks over at BET.com for a special one-on-one chat where the Queens bred emcee conversed about a number of different topics regarding his career to date as both an artist and and actor. The rapper, who spent his entire music career at Def Jam, discussed his favorite album, recording his debut LP Mama Said Knock You Out with the legend Marly Marl, his acting career including his role on NCIS: Los Angeles, his diverse fan base, the choices he made that lead him to his recording career and his influence on other Hip Hop artists that purposely make songs for women [which in my opinion is something he picked up from the great Big Daddy Kane].

Bonus… LL Cool J ‘I Am Hip-Hop Icon Award’ Acceptance Speech.

My acceptance speech/what I won’t do is try preach/I won’t assume that I am smarter than you and try to teach/What I will do is set an example for you and inspire you to reach for the stars that’s beyond mars that space bars can’t delete/Because without a dream fulfilled your life’s incomplete/A hearse, a limousine without a backseat/the worst, this Usain Bolt without feet/Real life aint Hollywood, it’s Halloween/Every day is trick or treat/It aint a red carpet it’s a bloody sidewalk from the wolves eating red meat/and these spotlights don’t come with money they come with police/Millionaires cry about raising taxes on the elite/they won’t feed us, as they’d rather defeat us/like an aborted fetus/but your greatest feat is to get back up on your feet/Did I mention, life aint a sprint it’s a marathon/Really stressful on your tendons/and with the shape the economy is in today, you better run to the polls like skinny Kenyans/26 miles miles and two hours and three minutes/It wasn’t weeks or months/It took us 400 years to raise the debt limit/So don’t lose faith, there’s a sweet life out there and one day you will taste/And just like any marathon, you must monitor your pace/and watch out for the haters pushing drinks up in your face/maintain your focus through the ups and downs and debates/and when you win your award, make sure you put in a safe place/and be prepared for whatever…just in case.”