LL Cool J: "I played Little League football on Long Island, I spent a lot of time out here. So, you know, it's just amazing to just be recognized. And every award matters. And when your own community -- this is like truly my roots, this is part of my roots and part of, you know, where I come from. And when the people honor you where you come from there's a certain level of just -- it just feels a little bit more sincere, a little more truthful, so I'm very thankful." -- LL Cool J during a 2008 news conference after he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. He's known by many for his connection to Queens, but he was born in Bay Shore in 1968, and now has a home in Manhasset with his wife and four children.