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LL COOL J Visits U.T.F.O's Kangol Kid in Hospital After Death of Virgil Abloh

By Kiani Shabazz

The death of fashion juggernaut and cultural icon Virgil Abloh has forced many to put life into perspective. The loss of the Off-White founder reminds many of the fragility of life, encouraging people to appreciate their loved ones while their still here. 

LL COOL J was one of the many people who felt the weight of the loss of Virgil Abloh. After the news broke, the Queens emcee paid a visit to U.T.F.O legend Kangol Kid as he continues to fight for his life at the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. 

On Tuesday (November 30), Kangol shared an Instagram photo of himself being embraced by LL COOL J in his hospital bed. It appears that the visit from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee brightened the emcees day as the two smiled ear-to-ear for the camera. 

“NEED I SAY MORE????” he wrote in the caption. “I stepped out of the recovery-room…and was greeted by this guy. Maybe you’ve heard of him??? Ladies and Gentlemen, the man, the myth, the legend, Mr. G.O.A.T. himself L.L.COOL J @llcoolj @rockthebells visited me and elevated my healing energies in ways doctors can never duplicate. Thank you Baby Bro. I love you, man.”

LL COOL J sampled the U.T.F.O. single “Leader Of The Pack” for his 1987 song “Get Down” from his sophomore album Bigger and Deffer.

Both artists also came out around the same time. LL COOL J dropped his debut album in 1985, while U.T.F.O. released their first self-titled project that same year.

Earlier this year, Kangol Kid was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Months later, the emcee’s condition has worsened, receiving an emergency surgery in October to reduce complications. 

“Please forgive me for not returning calls and more,” he explained in an Instagram post. “Things have become, and are becoming a little more difficult than imagined. I’ve been admitted again for complications related to my condition. Thank you to those who have been instrumental in my latest ordeal. Your actions have been well received and greatly appreciated. I am blessed to have you by my side through this. I love you all. ~Kang. #kangolkid #kangol #utfo #roxanneroxanne #fuckcancer.”

Rock The Bells continues to keep Kangol Kid in our prayers. Stay tuned for more classic hip-hop news.