Male Gaze: LL Cool J’s Abs of Steel

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This Sunday, the Def Jam rapper will be hosting the Grammy Awards for his second go-round. And while he's now more refined — choosing crisp tuxes over skintight black tanks and respectable newsboy caps over his fuzzy bucket hats — we miss the wilder days of his youth. Tonight, we honor the man who used to lift up his shirts on live television just to give his six-pack some breathing room. Watch him rap below in "Mama Said Knock You Out," or just take the time to catch those soulful eyes, luscious lips, and glistening body when he pumps iron for one hot second.