LL Cool J Honored with New Statue in his Hometown of Queens, New York City


James Todd Smith — better known as LL COOL J — has evolved from a skinny little kid from Queens to a voracious MC at Def Jam Recordings to a brute force in all areas of entertainment. Now, LL COOL J’s hometown has honored him with a new statue created in his likeness.

LL Cool J wrote in the post, “Anything is possible. Statue of me in Corona Park, Queens by the talented @sherwintheartist.”


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Sculpted by Sherwin Banfield, the Radio-era creation features a replica of the famous boombox LL COOL J put on the album’s cover complete with a cassette version of his debut ready to go.

LL COOL J has had a banner year so far. In October, the 53-year-old was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after six nominations.

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