By Judy Kurtz - 02/22/12 12:10 AM EST
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) might need to brush up on his rap artists after mixing up the names of hip-hop heavyweights over the weekend.
Speaking at a gala scholarship dinner for the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus on Sunday, the New York Observer wrote, Schumer told the crowd, “I have kept my promises to you that, while I have clout in Washington, I will do everything I can for our dear state of New York. So, when greedy landlords in The Bronx wanted to close the home on Sedgwick Avenue where LL Kool Herc invented hip-hop and lots of hardworking people lived, we stopped them.”
“Mama Said Knock You Out” rapper and “NCIS: Los Angeles” actor LL Cool J, who was born James Todd Smith, has said his rap name stands for “Ladies Love Cool James.”
DJ Kool Herc (real name: Clive Campbell) is widely credited with introducing hip-hop music to The Bronx (and is the artist Schumer was likely referring to).
Schumer’s office did not respond to a request for comment on the musical mix-up.