There was a time when LL Cool J performed to a small college gymnasiums mostly filled with children and parents.

According the video's description:

"LL Cool J at age 17 and DJ Cut Creator perform live. 1985, Colby College, Waterville Maine. 5 months before Radio was released. Rap of Maine.

The announcer and singer at the end is Cornell Clark, who LL has described as his mentor.

LL was paid $500 for the show..."

See how the people react to LL Cool J's performance. Rap was something new to the crowd. They had no idea the LL would become a rap superstar.

We want to know how you first reacted when you heard rap for the first time?