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LL Cool J wants to contribute to Swizz Beatz’s million-dollar hip-hop founders fund


ABC/Randy HolmesEarlier this week, Swizz Beatz came up with the idea to launch a so-called “hip-hop founders fund,” with the intent to secure one million dollars for each of hip-hop’s founding fathers, including the likes of DJ Kool HercMelle MelGrandmaster Flash, Sugarhill Gang and more.

Now, the fund may potentially become a reality, with help from fellow hip-hop legend LL Cool J.

The “I Need Love” rapper credited Swizz for always showing “love, respect and appreciation” to hip-hop’s icons and wanting to put them “in a great situation,” sharing a discussion with Swizz from his Rock the Bells show on Instagram.

“I want to start a pioneer fund with the founders of Hip Hop getting taken care of,” Swizz explained. “Let’s come up with a plan to take care of the founders of Hip Hop. It’s our duty to do it.” 

“Everybody [doesn’t] have to do it … I’mma do it.…we gotta take care of those guys,” he continued.

LL responded by saying he “couldn’t be more on board” to pay it forward, realizing there’s a bigger world outside of oneself.

“I would 100 percent contribute to that, 100 percent,”  LL declared. “Because I think it’s necessary. It’s the right spirit.”

He added, “It’s the right heart. It’s love. It’s evolved.”

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