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LL Cool J has restored the red Audi from the cover of his Bigger and Deffer (BAD) album.

LL, who was inducted into the HOF last week, is giving back to the organization by donating the antique car from his second album cover.

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The Audi was LL's first big purchase after signing his initial Def Jam record deal. He kept the car all these years -- storing it in the garage at his grandmother's house -- which he also kept in the family.

According to TMZ, LL towed the car to custom auto body shop Unique Rides in NYC to restore it.

The shop's owner, Will Castro, tells TMZ that LL approached him last year during the pandemic, asking if the UR crew could restore the rust bucket.

He said the Audi 5000 was in pretty bad shape and needed new bodywork, fresh paint, custom 2-tone black leather interior with red piping, stereo system with Blaupunkt cassette deck, amps and subs, red lighting, BBS wheels and a full engine rebuild.

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Castro says the final tab came to around $35,000.

The BAD album, released in 1987, featured LL standing on the hood of a red Audi outside his former high school in Queens.

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LL, 53, attended Andrew Jackson High School until he dropped out in the 10th grade to pursue a rap music career. LL is pictured with his then-girlfriend Simone Johnson in 1988.

The BAD album, which many LL fans consider a classic, featured the No. 1 hit "I Need Love", as well as the singles "I'm Bad", "The Do Wop", "My Rhyme Ain't Done" and "The Breakthrough."

In 1988, the BAD album made the Source magazine's 100 Best Rap Albums list.
 

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Damon Dash (left) is eager to sit down and talk man to man with Jay Z, after the rapper extended an olive branch to him during his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The two men were close friends when they co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with partner Kareem "Biggs" Burke back in 1995 and released Jay Z's album Reasonable Doubt in 1996. However, they fell out when they sold their remaining 50% stake in Roc-A-Fella Records to The Island Def Jam Music Group.

Jay Z, then CEO and President of Def Jam Recordings, retained Roc-A-Fella Records' masters and ousted his former partners Dash and Burke.

Things came to a head earlier this year when Dash decided to proceed with an auction to sell his share of Jay Z's album Reasonable Doubt, despite legal action from the rapper.

However, Jay Z, 51, spoke warmly about Dash, 50, at the Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, saying:

"Shout out to Dame. I know we don't see eye-to-eye, but I can never erase your accomplishments. And I appreciate you and I thank you for that... Thank you for our journey. Thank you. Thank you for your contribution to this journey."

Dash called Jay's message "beautiful" in an interview with the New York Post's Page Six.

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"I'm glad he said it for the culture. We need to squash everything. So hopefully if that was an extended (olive branch) I'll spin one back," said Dame, pictured with Jay Z in 2004.

"I have no beef with (him) if (he has) no beef with me. Let's get the lawyers out of it then. Let's talk like men, but I definitely appreciate it.

"I would never want you to think that we have to go to the court to resolve anything. We can talk it out and the culture needs to see two strong black men working out a problem. Even if they worked together they can go their separate ways they can still be cool."

Despite their differences, Dash said he will always consider Jay Z a "brother".

"We should not be divided. We have accomplished too much to be beefing... There ain't no way I'm never gonna [not] consider [him] my brother — it's just that we don't see eye-to-eye."

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Jay-Z and The Go-Go's are among the list of music legends to be inducted into the 2021 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RRHF) announced the New York-born hip-hop icon will be among the list of nominees to be inducted at the 2021 ceremony on October 30 in Cleveland, Ohio, reported Billboard.

He will join rock veterans The Go-Go's, Foo Fighters, singer-songwriter Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Queen of Rock n' Roll Tina Turner.

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Turner, King and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl are already in the Rock Hall of Fame -- King is the first person in the Rock Hall as a performer and non-performer.

Turner was previously recognized as part of R&B duo Ike & Tina Turner; and Grohl with grunge icons Nirvana.

The RRHF was criticized for not inducting The Go-Go's into the Hall sooner. The group made history in 1982 when they topped the Billboard album chart as the first all-female band that wrote their own material and played their own instruments.

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Go-Go's members (L-R) Charlotte Caffey, Abby Travis, Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin, and Belinda Carlisle are pictured at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will also induct rap legend LL Cool J, singer/songwriter Billy Preston, and Randy Rhoads. Electronic pioneers Kraftwerk, spoken-word poet Gil Scott-Heron and bluesman Charley Patton are joining the RRHOF under the early influence award category.

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Music executive and film producer Clarence Avant, 90, aka "The Black Godfather", is the recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun award. He is pictured with Jay Z (left) and Sean Combs.

The ceremony will take place October 30 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, with a radio simulcast on SiriusXM's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame radio channel. It will broadcast on HBO and stream on HBO Max at a later date.

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Legendary rocker Eddie Van Halen -- known for his memorable guitar solo on Michael Jackson's "Beat It" -- has died.

The legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with stage 4 throat cancer.

Sources directly connected to the rock star tell TMZ, Van Halen died at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie was by his side, along with his son Wolfgang Van Halen and brother Alex Van Halen.

Eddie died soon after doctors discovered his throat cancer had metastasized to his brain as well as other organs.

Eddie had been battling cancer for well over a decade. Though he was a heavy smoker for years, Eddie believed he developed the throat cancer from his habit of holding a metal guitar pick in his mouth 20 years ago, TMZ reported.

Eddie formed the classic rock group in Pasadena in 1972 with his brother, Alex, on drums, Michael Anthony on bass and lead singer David Lee Roth. Eddie served as the main songwriter on their self-titled debut album in 1978, which launched the group into rock superstardom in the '80s.

The group Van Halen was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and Eddie is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time.

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Eddie's electrifying guitar solo on Michael Jackson's 5x platinum single "Beat It" helped propel the Thriller album into the stratosphere.

Eddie was uncredited on "Beat It" and he declined to accept payment for his contribution to music history.

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Eddie is survived by his wife Janie and his son, Wolfgang, whose mom is Eddie's first wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli. Eddie and Valerie divorced in 2007 after 26 years of marriage.

In her autobiography, Valerie suggested the main reasons for her divorce were her husband's cocaine addiction and his refusal to quit smoking despite being diagnosed with oral cancer and losing one-third of his tongue after chemotherapy.

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Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posthumously. The late icons will join rock legends Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, T. Rex and The Doobie Brothers.

Whitney, who died in 2012 at age 48, is among four artists inducted after being added to the ballot for the first time. The Doobie Brothers, Biggie and T-Rex are the others.

Whitney remains one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling 200 million albums worldwide.

Biggie, real name Christopher Wallace, is best known for his rap hits "Juicy" and "Big Poppa." His posthumous album Life After Death, featuring hits like "Mo Money Mo Problems" and "Hypnotize," is one of the few rap albums to be certified Diamond by the RIAA.

B.I.G. became the first rap artist to earn multiple No. 1 singles after his death.

He was gunned down at the peak of his career in 1997 at age 24. His murder remains unsolved.

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Rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris responded in typical T.I. fashion when his followers disrespected his Tupac Shakur tribute on Instagram.com.

Lesane Parish Crooks, aka Tupac Shakur, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, April 7.

T.I., 36, was among a handful of celebs paying homage to the late rap icon who was shot to death in 1996 at age 25.

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A NY Times writer is on the hot seat for questioning singer Beyonce's status as a fashion Icon. Writer Vanessa Friedman questioned why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland included 7 of Beyonce's tour costumes in an exhibit in the Legends of Rock section. Friedman notes that Beyonce is not a legend of rock music, nor is she a fashion icon.

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