LL COOL J Pays Tribute To Hip-Hop At iHeartRadio Music Awards

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LL COOL J performed a set of blazing hot bars as a tribute to the culture that helped him become successful at iHeartRadio Music Awards.  

On Tuesday (March 28), Mr. Smith addressed the audience at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles dressed in a black shirt, skullcap, and jeans while rocking a pair of dark black shades and dripping in some gold jewelry.

LL COOL J dropped over two minutes of bars during his appearance at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards. He delivered a show-stopping performance for Hip-Hop’s 50th birthday, highlighting where his journey as a rapper.

Break beats played, he had a speaker for a crib/ She screamed ‘Jack the Rip!’ and ignited his gifts,” he continued. “To the parents, he’s a legend, to the children a myth/ Here’s ya firsthand experience with Mr. Smith/ Alias Mr. ‘Killing-Every-Rapper-In-His-Radius’/ Ciphers like a stadium, bars is vibranium.

Check out performance below:

After the crowd burst into thunderous applause following his iHeart Radio performance, LL informed them that “a new record is coming!”

The rapper of “Mama Said Knock You Out” had hinted in a tweet from January that he was “competing with himself on this album,” and this proclamation confirmed that claims. Since 2013’s Authentic, LL COOL J hasn’t released an album; its title hasn’t yet been made official.

The NCIS: Los Angeles star, however, teased his fans back in February when he said he would be “cancelling” his upcoming album.

He said he’s still “trying to figure this album out” in a series of since-deleted tweets, and then followed it up with a post that said, “just not feeling like this album is worthy of being published [facepalm emoji] I tried.” He also added: “not dropping it.”

However, LL COOL J returned hours later to clarify that the project is still in progress and tagged Q-Tip, who’s serving as executive producer. Mr. Smith also trolled fans with a boisterous reason behind the delay with the album.

“Okay so everyone’s been asking me about the new record and my decision and I was considering not putting the album out because IT’S TOO FUCKING GOOD,” LL said in the clip. “Q-Tip you a genius baby this my favorite album I ever made. I can’t wait for y’all to hear this. Tracklist coming soon.”