With some famous friends to help celebrate, this is a party the actor and rapper will never ever forget.

Essence.com
Sep, 12, 2017

In just a few months LL Cool J will be the first hip-hop artist to be recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors. However, his wife Simone wanted to give him his flowers now for his musical achievements, so she did so with a backyard bash he won't soon forget.

The party came as a total surprise for the iconic rapper, who was celebrated by his family and close celebrity friends.

"SURPRISE!!!!! Todd had no clue Here's a huge THANK YOU to our family & friends for the that attended yesterday's celebration, in honor of my husband's esteemed Kennedy Center Honor AND THE AWARD GO TO #LLCOOL FOR HIS LIFETIME CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN CULTURE THROUGH PERFORMING ARTS," Simone shared in a clip of LL Cool J walking into his surprise party.

Congratulations my love 💜 Mercy Peace & Love be multiplied to you... Jude 1:2 NKJ

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Many celebrity friends came out to honor him, including Magic and Cookie Johnson, Samuel L Jackson, Tina Knowles Lawson, Laila Ali, Niecy Nash, Bill Bellamy, Judge Mathis and Lela Rochon.

More pics from yesterday's surprise celebrations 💜💜💜💜💜💜💜

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Had to come thru to celebrate the fam @llcoolj for being recognized by the #KennedyCenterHonors 🙌🏽

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Fam Bam! @thereallailaali @curtisconway getting his grub on! #celebratingLL

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Celebrating the GOAT @llcoolj before next weekend's Kennedy Center Honors!#can'tbetherebutourheartsarewithhim

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Congrats LL Cool J!