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It’s not a great time to be LL Cool J right now. The rapper is one of the greatest MCs of all time, but he hasn’t had a hit or even a good song in some time.

Then, Monday happened. A song called “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley hit the net.

The song is unfortunate, to say the least.

DETAILS: MAMA SAID KNOCK IT OFF! LL Cool J Responds To “Accidental Racist” Controversy 

It features the country singer and LL earnestly trying to talk about race, but the execution of the track is all wrong.

If you go to Twitter, everyone has been bashing LL, almost like they’ve forgotten what he’s done during his 25 plus years in the hip-hop game.

DETAILS: Brad Paisley Defends “Accidental Racist” Song 

Don’t worry, LL, we got your back.

Here’s a post reminding people why LL was, is, and always will be cool.

He was a child prodigy:

LL Cool J signed his first deal in 1984, at the tender age of 16. LL had a huge hit right out of the bat: his first release, “I Need A Beat,” sold more than 100,00 copies. 

He jump-started the most important rap label of all time, Def Jam

Where would hip-hop be without LL’s radio? LL Cool J’s classic debut album Radio was Def Jam’s first release. Def Jam would go on to release some of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time from artists like Beastie Boys, Redman and Jay-Z. 

He has classics, B

Even though Radio was LL’s first release, that album isn’t the real classic. Bigger and Deffer is the real classic album. It features masterpieces like “I Need Love” and “Bad.” Whatever happens to LL after this point, he’ll always have this album, this song and this video:

LL was hip-hop’s first ladies’ man

During the late ’80s and throughout the ’90s, rappers were all trying to be tough. LL had street cred, but his status with women was unmatched. He had classics for the ladies, from “I Need Love” to “Doin’ It” to “Love U Better.”

He wasn’t scared of scrap     

No one will mistake LL as being the greatest lyricist of all time, but don’t get it twisted: son was a beast on the mic. In fact, when it comes to battling other rappers, he’s undefeated; he bodied legendary rappers like Kool Moe Dee, Ice T and Canibus. 

He’s the comeback kid

In 1989, Walking with a Panther came out and the album was considered a flop by critics and fans alike. So what did LL do? He just came back even harder the next year, releasing the classic Mama Said Knock You Out album. He would do the same a couple of years later, dropping the excellent Mr. Smith after 14 Shots to the Dome bricked.

He was one of the first great rapper turned actors

LL got into movies early, appearing in Kush Groove back in 1985. Over the years, he would have major roles in movies like Halloween H20, Deep Blue Sea, Any Given Sunday and S.W.A.T. He even starred in a UPN TV show called In the House. (Remember that jawn?)

LL Cool J was a fashion icon  

LL Cool has to be one of the swaggiest rappers of all time. You might as well say he invented the Kangol hat, big gold chain look. And, remember Fubu? Yeah, the brand might be nothing now, but throughout the late ’90s it was one of the hottest lines on the planet.