LL Cool J

LL Cool J



James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), better known by his stage name LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James),[1] is an American rapper, actor, author and entrepreneur from Queens, New York. He is known for such hip hop hits as "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", "The Boomin' System", "Rock The Bells" and "Mama Said Knock You Out", as well as romantic ballads such as "Doin' It", "I Need Love", "Around the Way Girl" and "Hey Lover".

LL Cool J has released 13 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations. His twelfth album Exit 13 (2008), was his last for his long-tenured deal with Def Jam Recordings. His latest album, Authentic, was released in April 2013. In 2010, VH1 considered him to be on their "100 Greatest Artists Of All Time" list.[2]

LL Cool J has also appeared in numerous films, including In Too Deep, Any Given Sunday, S.W.A.T., Mindhunters, and Edison. He currently stars in an action role as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna, on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles. LL Cool J is also the host of Lip Sync Battle on Spike.[3]



Radio is the debut studio album by American rapper LL Cool J.
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Authentic is the thirteenth studio album by American hip hop recording artist LL Cool J.
Mindhunters is a 2004 American-British crime thriller film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Kathryn Morris, LL Cool J, Jonny Lee Miller, Patricia Velásquez, Clifton Collins, Jr., Christian Slater and Val Kilmer.

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LL Cool J Kennedy Center honor thrills fans
  –  December 27, 2017
But either way, LL Cool J is now a member of the esteemed group of Kennedy Center ... became the first hip-hop artist feted with the prestigious honor. The rapper tweeted a thank you to fans. "I want to personally thank every single one of you
Kennedy Center Honorees Had No Regrets About Snubbing Trump: 'No Distractions!' Said LL Cool J
  –  December 27, 2017
And it was a break in tradition that suited several of the honorees just fine. “No distractions! This is about the arts,” rapper-actor LL Cool J said, according to The Washington Post. “It doesn’t help for me to get up on a soapbox and be divisive.”
LL Cool J Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
  –  December 27, 2017
Born James Todd Smith, rapper LL Cool J is one of the most successful rap artists in history. With his 13 studio albums, two Grammy Awards, two MTV Music Awards, and four NNACP Image Awards, the Queens native’s talents have led to success in multiple ...
LL Cool J on his "against-all-odds" story
  –  December 26, 2017
December 26, 2017, 8:40 AM | LL Cool J is the first rapper ever to be chosen for the Kennedy Center Honors. The two-time Grammy winner, actor and entrepreneur tells Anthony Mason that his place in this year's ceremony is proof that dreams don't have deadlines.
LL Cool J Ready To Cement “Against All Odds Story” W/ Tonight’s Historic Kennedy Center Honors
  –  December 26, 2017
Music mogul LL Cool J is much more than a hip-hop star. The self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. has dished on gearing up for becoming the first-ever rapper chosen at tonight’s Kennedy Center Honors ceremony. In a new interview, Cool J reflects on his rap game ...
LL Cool J opens up about his 'against-all-odds' success
  –  December 26, 2017
(CBS NEWS) -- LL Cool J is the first rapper ever to be chosen for the Kennedy Center Honors. The two-time Grammy winner, actor and entrepreneur says his place in this year's ceremony is proof that dreams don't have deadlines. He was one of rap's first solo ...
LL Cool J Gets Creative With Hairdresser Charges
  –  December 22, 2017
Rob Shuter reports… Rapper and actor LL Cool J is as bald as a cue ball, but that hasn’t stopped the “NCIS: Los Angeles” star from billing CBS for haircuts! “CBS covers all the grooming costs when its stars do promotions,” dished an insider ...
LL COOL J to Host LIVE NFL Talent Competition (MVP: Most Valuable Performer) on CBS
  –  December 20, 2017
“LL COOL J is one of the most successful cross-platform talents in ... LL, who recently became the first rapper and youngest to earn the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor, just announced he will launch in early 2018 his own classic hip-hop channel on ...
LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Norman Lear recognized at Kennedy Center Honors
  –  December 6, 2017
On Sunday, Dec. 3, LL Cool J made history once again. The self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. became the first rapper ever to receive a Kennedy Center Honor at the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. The Kennedy Center Honors, which celebrate a lifetime in the arts ...
LL Cool J Is The First Rapper To Be Named A Kennedy Center Honoree
  –  December 4, 2017
LL Cool J’s hip-hop prestige may be lost on some younger Hip-Hop fans who merely know him from NCIS, but now would be a good time to get familiar. The Queens-based MC broke down a lot of doors for hip-hop. He was one of the first signees to Def Jam Records.
LL Cool J is first rapper honoured at Kennedy Center
  –  December 3, 2017
Rapper LL Cool J has become the first hip-hop artist ever honoured at the Kennedy Center, where he was feted for his contributions to American culture. The 49-year-old was celebrated Sunday alongside singers Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie, as well as TV ...
LL Cool J Will Become First Rapper to Receive a Kennedy Center Honor
  –  December 3, 2017
LL Cool J will strengthen his case as one of hip hop’s most decorated and honored artists Sunday night when he receives the Kennedy Center Honors. The man born James Todd Smith, will become the first rapper to achieve the distinction. “I believe that ...
LL Cool J Is Only Rapper To Get 2018 Rock Hall Nomination
  –  October 5, 2017
The list of 2018 nominees for the annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction has arrived with 19 candidates. LL Cool J is the sole Hip Hop act among artists like Rage Against The Machine, Kate Bush, Radiohead and Nina Simone. The pioneering “Rock The ...


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