LL Cool J rocked a different type of hat Friday (May 2) after receiving an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Northeastern University in Boston. As an added bonus: his daughter, Italia Smith, graduated with honors during the same ceremony.
The rapper-actor, real name James Todd Smith, joked as he accepted his award, “I’ve been called a few things, but never a doctor, that’s for sure. For them to recognize my body of work and my contributions to the world of art is an amazing feeling.”
The proud dad also applauded his daughter, saying, “It made me feel real proud because I know she put a lot of hard work in, a lot of dedication, a lot of commitment and a lot of hours.”