LL Cool J is an American rapper. LL Cool J is also record producer, actor, author and entrepreneur.
He won ‘Choice TV Actor: Action’ for his role in ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ at Teen Choice Award .
He has displayed his versatility, as he started a music record label, started his own clothing line and also co-authored four books.
LL Cool J: Family, Early Life, Education
LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, New York, the United States. He is a Capricorn.
His father is James Smith and mother, Ondrea Smith, of all- American ancestry.
LL’s mother entered into a relationship with a physical therapist named ‘Roscoe’, in his autobiography and also in interviews, has accused Roscoe of abusing him physically and psychologically. However, Roscoe has denied these allegations.
He went to Hillcrest High School, Queens, New York, United States. Then, he attended Andrew Jackson High School, Cambria Heights, Queens, New York, United States.
LL attended Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
LL Cool J: Professional Life, Career, Achievements
His first debut album, Radio, which was a hugely successful mix of conventional song structure and pop-oriented rap. Whereas, his music fans responded enthusiastically to the album’s singles, “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” and “Rock the Bells”.
LL’s album success earned him roles in films such as ‘The Hard Way’ and ‘Toys’. In the year 1993, he performed at President Clinton’s inauguration ceremony at the ‘Lincoln Memorial’.
During 1993, he started his own music label called ‘P.O.G.’, or ‘Power Of God’. Then, he also formed the music-production company ‘Rock The Bells’ which worked with artists like ‘Amyth’, ‘Smokeman’, ‘Natice’, etc.
During 1995, he released his next album ‘Mr Smith’, featuring the track ‘Hey Lover’. This song was inspired from Michael Jackson’s song ‘The Lady in my Life’.
e released his last album with ‘Def Jam Recordings’, ‘Exit 13’, in 2008. The album also featured a host of other artists, such as ’50 Cent’, ‘Sheek Louch’, ‘Fat Joe’, ‘Ryan Leslie’ etc.
LL Cool J released his next and most recent album ‘Authentic’, in 2013, featuring appearances from numerous other artists including ‘Eddie Van Halen’, ‘Snoop Dogg’, ‘Seal’ and ‘Brad Paisley’.
LL also kick-started his acting career in 1985, appearing as himself in the film ‘Krush Groove’. He starred as the lead in the crime-drama movie ‘Out-of-Sync’ in 1995. In the year 1996, he released the album ‘All World: Greatest Hits’ Then, he came to the attention of NBC-TV and was cast in their comedy series ‘In the House’.
In the following years, 1996 to 1998, he played supporting roles in a few films such as ‘The Right to Remain Silent’, ‘Caught Up’, ‘Woo’ and ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’.
He also appeared in the second season of the Television drama series ‘Oz’. Some of his other films, he was a part of the blockbuster science-fiction horror film ‘Deep Blue Sea’.
LL Cool J started a record label called ‘Boomdizzle’ that doubled up a as a social networking site as well. In the year 2009, Todd launched his own clothing of urban apparel called ‘LL Cool J collection’ at ‘Sears’ stores.
In the same year 2009, LL Cool J was cast as a regular in the still-running CBS TV series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’, in which he plays special agent ‘Sam Hanna’, a Navy investigator.
Net Worth, Awards
He has an estimated net worth of around $110m US. As hip-hop and rapper Artist, his earnings are $62 k U.S and above.
LL Cool J achieved a ‘MTV Video Music Award’ for his hit track ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ in the category ‘Best Rap Video’. Cool J received his first Grammy award in the category ‘Best Rap Solo Performance’ in 1992 for his song ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’.
He was awarded his second Grammy, again in the same category of ‘Best Rap Solo Performance’. Likely, he won a ‘Blockbuster Entertainment Award’ in the category ‘Favourite Supporting Actor – Action’ for his role in the film ‘Deep Blue Sea’.
He is bald with dark brow eyes, his height 6 feet 2 inches, weighs 96Kg. His chest, waist, biceps sizes are 46-36-16 inches. His shoe size is 14/15 (US).
He has around 4M followers on Facebook, about 5.04M on Twitter, and 1.8M on Instagram.
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