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LL Cool J will become the first rapper to be commemorated at the Kennedy Center Honors event on Sunday night (December 3). Ahead of the ceremony, the Hip Hop legend was in a reflective mood, sharing his thoughts about this special honor over the weekend.

“I believe that we are built to do anything we put our minds and proper actions to,” he wrote on Instagram. “You have all the tools inside you that are required for you to fulfill your GOD given purpose. This one is for those who came before me and those who followed me. We were sent to this planet to love and inspire one another. Manifest our dreams and make them a reality. I hope you’re inspired by me because I’m absolutely Inspired by you. Mic check 1212 Let’s ride!! ? #KCHonors #StateDepartmentDinner #hiphop.”

LL and his fellow honorees attended the Artist’s Dinner on Saturday night (December 2) hosted by United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The iconic MC-turned-actor shared an inspiring message in light of his career achievement.

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“Put the work in. Dream huge dreams. Put some more work in. Keep the faith. Praise GOD. Adjust. Dream some more. Put some more work in. Repeat. And we don’t stop!!!! If We can do it, You can do it.. @kennedycenter #KCHonors.”

LL will be honored along with Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Norman Lear and Carmen de Lavallade. The event airs on December 26 at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.