Lengthy Island Songs and Entertainment Hall of Fame celebrates anniversary of hip-hop with LL Amazing J statue

Barbara Merkley

A solar-powered bronze statue of hip-hop icon LL Awesome J has a new property at the Extensive Island Tunes and Entertainment Corridor of Fame in Stony Brook.

The statue unveiling was component of the corridor of fame’s 50th anniversary of hip-hop party on Sunday that integrated a live performance and panel dialogue.

Supporters, fellow rappers and DJs from Very long Island’s hip-hop local community arrived to honor the Grammy-winning Bay Shore-born artist and actor whose vocation has spanned a long time and genres.

“LL Interesting J has been with us for four a long time and honoring him is so essential to the culture, which has gone all around the entire world,” stated Ralph McDaniels, a online video producer who has chronicled hip-hop for 40 a long time by his “Video Music Box,” television exhibit.

“It’s not just about rap it’s about the DJ, about the split dancers and the graffiti artists and the information,” stated McDaniels, who life in Elmont. “That’s what it is all about right now — bringing that information to folks.”

LL Great J, born James Todd Smith, grew up in Queens and uncovered early stardom in the 1980s with his albums “Radio” and “Bigger and Deffer.” As his musical occupation soared, he expanded into acting with various roles in movies and tv, which include a prolonged stint on “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Sculptor Sherwin Banfield stated he crafted the sculpture to replicate crucial hallmarks in LL Amazing J’s daily life. The bust of the artist putting on his signature Kanjol bucket hat, circa 1985, sits atop a resin growth box that contains a cassette tape of his very first album, “Radio.”

The stainless metal sides of the statue involve illustrations or photos of the Unisphere, a Queens landmark, LL Great J’s childhood residence and a nod to Farmers Boulevard in his community. Solar panels assist ability the statue’s audio, which capabilities LL’s new music.

The statue was on show at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park last year. While it was intended to withstand the things, Banfield claimed placing it indoors will give it a refreshing and distinctive glance.

“It’s amazing to see it inside exactly where lights can be placed on it in an exciting manner and have the new music and lighting inside of forged a extraordinary effect,” Banfield stated.

LL Great J did not show up at the function, which involved performances from DJ Jazzy Jay, DJ Johnny Juice, AJ Rok, MC Glamorous, Dinco D, Milo in De Dance and Son of Bazerk.

A approach to induct the Extra fat Boys, a Brooklyn-dependent rap trio, into the Prolonged Island hall of fame was place on hold till surviving member Damon “Kool Rock-Ski” Wimbley could show up at the ceremony.

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