LL Cool J Inducts DJ Kool Herc Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

In 2021, LL Cool J was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Two years later, he inducted the godfather of hip-hop, DJ Kool Herc.

Along with Missy Elliot, The Spinners, Chaka Khan and Don Cornelius, the man who is credited with starting the culture of hip-hop were all inducted into this year’s Class of 2023. On the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, Herc was honored for his contribution to this genre. He received the Musical Influence Award.

At the ceremony, the “Mama Said Knock You Out” rapper took to the podium to introduce, acknowledge, and honor Herc for his just due.

“Sometimes it takes a while for the true significance of an action to become apparent. The neighborhood party that took place on August 11, 1973, in the rec room of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx is one of those things. Cindy Campbell, a high school student at the time, she wanted to raise some money for back-to-school clothes. So she invited all her friends and charged them 25¢ for the ladies; 50¢ for boys—and most importantly, she also asked her older brother Clive, who was 18, to DJ. Now we don’t know how much money Cindy managed to make that night or what clothes she was able to buy, but we do know that she changed the course of history—music history. That party has come to be recognized as the birthplace of Hip-Hop. Her brother Clive, better known to the world as DJ Kool Herc, has been justly called ‘the father of Hip-Hop.’

Herc came to the stage and was rushed with emotions as he started to cry. LL had to hold him up while he stood there with his sister who he has always acknowledged when speaking about the start of what we’ve come to know as hip-hop. After thanking his parents and other influences in his life, he told the world once again, “my sister, she needs some props, too.”

Congratulations go out to DJ Kool Herc and the newest inductees of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

 

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