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EDITORS’ NOTES

A key figure in rap's transition from the electronic grooves of old-school hip-hop to the eclectic sampling of the boom-box-led golden age, LL Cool J has inspired a legion of MCs. His energy and hardcore delivery make him a direct forefather of DMX's wild, growling style, and his streetwise rhymes have been an important blueprint for the eloquent grittiness of fellow New Yorkers such as JAY Z, Nas, and Cam'ron.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A key figure in rap's transition from the electronic grooves of old-school hip-hop to the eclectic sampling of the boom-box-led golden age, LL Cool J has inspired a legion of MCs. His energy and hardcore delivery make him a direct forefather of DMX's wild, growling style, and his streetwise rhymes have been an important blueprint for the eloquent grittiness of fellow New Yorkers such as JAY Z, Nas, and Cam'ron.

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