ESSENCE excitedly in anticipation of this year’s festival. Along with the aforementioned rappers, the full festival line-up includes Jadakiss, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, and much more.
Ahead of this year’s festival, ESSENCE caught up with LL COOL J at The Edition Hotel to talk about his love and appreciation for his femcee peers, the growth of Rock The Bells over the years, and his top five female rappers in the game.“There is room for females to look at Lauryn Hill or Missy Elliott.
There’s room for that kind of imagery as well. I don’t think everybody has to only follow the Lil’ Kim path, the Cardi path, or the City Girl path,” he said. ESSENCE: Who are some of the women in hip-hop and rap that you’ve looked up to over the years?LL COOL J: “I respect a lot of women in the game.
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