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LL Cool J’s acceptance speech at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards

div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ height=”198″ kca=”true” src=”” width=”200″ //a/divstrongBy The Hip Hop Writer/strongbr /strongHip Hop Vibe Staff Writer/strongbr /br /In 2008, more than likely, fans heard LL Cool J’s final album, emExit 13/em, as he began his run as Sam Hanna on “NCIS: LA” the same year. While he is currently one of Hollywood’s most-bankable actors, LL Cool J began his career as a rapper. LL was Def Jam’s first /br /For well over twenty years, LL Cool J managed to release a series of hits and platinum albums. Along the way, LL was involved in a number of beefs. Following each feud, LL Cool J always came back stronger and all of this fed into his legendary /br /BET honored LL Cool J’s legacy at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards. LL Cool J was given the “I Am Hip Hop” award. When he was honored with the award, LL Cool J read off his acceptance /br /strongRead the entire speech below:/strongbr /br /“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 hearst, 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.”div class=”blogger-post-footer”div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”
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