LL Cool J was honored at BET’s 6th annual Hip-Hop award show with the ‘I Am Hip-Hop Icon’ Award. While honored a rap superstar, LL’s lyrics and deamonor is a easy disguise for a smooth R&B veteran.

The lyricist began his career in 1984 as the clever lyricist on the Def Jam label and spent two decades topping charts and living up to his name: making sure us ladies love him through his whole journey. LL Cool J is considered one of heavyweights of hip hop because of his longevity and the respect he’s earned and maintained.

LL has transitioned from the music to acting but his art his still loved by his lady followers. He currently stars on CBS’ hit show NCIS: Los Angeles.

Let’s reminisce on some of the gifts that LL’s given us. Continue after the jump for ‘I Need Love’ and ‘Paradise’ throwbacks.

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