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  • Real name : James Todd Smith III
  • Place of birth : Queens
  • Date of birth : 14/01/1968

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  • James Todd Smith III
  • Luscious Lips Cool J
  • Ladies Love Cool J
  • Uncle L
  • Ladies Luv Cool James
  • Ladies Love Cool James
  • Mr. Smith
  • G.O.A.T.
  • Jack The Ripper
  • J Cool LL

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LL Cool J (1968)

James Todd Smith III

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James Todd Smith , better known as LL Cool J , is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor from Bay Shore, New York. He is known for romantic ballads such as "I Need Love", "Around the Way Girl" and "Hey Lover" as well as pioneering hip-hop such as "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", "The Boomin' System", and "Mama Said Knock You Out". He has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, including 2008's Exit 13, the last for his record deal with Def Jam Recordings. He has also appeared in numerous films, and currently stars as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles.

As he grew older, Todd found a way to escape the effects of his abuse and his bullying attitude: hip-hop music. He fell in love with it at the age of nine, and by 11 he was writing lyrics and making his own songs with some DJ equipment his grandmother gave him to stop him riding motorcycles or doing karate.

Influenced by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, funk legend Rick James, Kurtis Blow, and pioneers Run-DMC, LL started to create his own rap style.

  Biography  

 music career
  Radio
Radio was released to critical acclaim, both for production innovation and LL's powerful rap. "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "Rock the Bells" were singles that helped the album go platinum with 1,500,000 sales.

  Bigger and Deffer
In 1987, he released Bigger and Deffer which included "I Need Love". Also featured on the album was "Go Cut Creator Go", which pays homage to the DJ. The album sold about 2,300,000 copies. In 1998, The Source Magazine named it as one of the top 100 albums ever.

"I Need Love" was the second single from LL Cool J's second album, Bigger and Deffer. The song, released in the fall of 1987, reached #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop charts, #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and #8 in the UK Singles Chart. The single won a Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap - Single in 1987. "I Need Love" was ranked #13 on the 100 Greatest Rap Songs.

  Walking with a Panther
LL Cool J's third album was 1989's Walking with a Panther. The album featured the singles "Going Back to Cali", "I'm That Type of Guy", "Jingling Baby", and "Big Ole Butt" and went platinum with 1,100,000 sales.

  Mama Said Knock You Out
Following this, LL Cool J released Mama Said Knock You Out, which contained three singles, "The Boomin' System", "Around the Way Girl", and the title track, which he performed during an episode of MTV Unplugged. It was also featured in the film The Hard Way. The album went on to sell over 2,700,000 copies.

  14 Shots to the Dome
After acting in The Hard Way and Toys, LL Cool J released 14 Shots to the Dome. The album had three singles ("How I'm Comin'", "Back Seat" and the strangely titled "Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings") and guest-featured labelmates Lords of the Underground on "NFA-No Frontin' Allowed". The album went gold.

  Mr. Smith
LL Cool J starred in In the House, an NBC sitcom, before releasing Mr. Smith , which went on to sell over two million copies. Its singles included "Doin' It" (that samples "My Jamaican Guy" by Grace Jones) and "Loungin" (that samples "Who Do You Love?" by Bernard Wright). Another of the album's singles, "Hey Lover", featured Boyz II Men sampling Michael Jackson's "The Lady in My Life," which eventually became one of the first hip hop music videos to air on VH1. The song also earned him a Grammy Award. Yet another single from the album, "I Shot Ya Remix", included vocal work by Foxy Brown.

  Phenomenon
In 1997, he released the album Phenomenon. The singles included "Phenomenon" and "Father". The official second single from Phenomenon was "4, 3, 2, 1," which featured Method Man, Redman & Master P and introduced DMX and Canibus.

  G.O.A.T.
In 2000, LL Cool J released the album G.O.A.T., which stood for the "greatest of all time." It debuted at number one on the Billboard album charts, and went platinum. LL Cool J thanked Canibus in the liner notes of the album, "for the inspiration".

  10
LL Cool J's next album 10 from 2002, was his 9th studio , and included the singles "Paradise" , "Luv U Better", produced by The Neptunes and the 2003 Jennifer Lopez duet, "All I Have". The album reached platinum status.

  The DEFinition
LL Cool J's 10th album The DEFinition was released on August 31, 2004. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts. Production came from Timbaland, 7 Aurelius, R. Kelly, and others. The lead single was the Timbaland-produced "Headsprung," which peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single was the 7 Aurelius – produced, "Hush," which peaked at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  Todd Smith
LL Cool J's 11th album, Todd Smith, was released on April 11, 2006. It includes collaborations with 112, Ginuwine, Juelz Santana, Teairra Mari and Freeway. The first single was the Jermaine Dupri produced "Control Myself" aka the "zzz song" which was with singer Jennifer "J-Lo" Lopez. They shot the video for "Control Myself" on January 2, 2006 at Sony Studios, New York. The second video, directed by Hype Williams, was "Freeze" featuring Lyfe Jennings.

  Exit 13


In July 2006, LL Cool J announced details about his final album with Def Jam recordings, the only label he has ever been signed to. The album is titled Exit 13. The album was originally scheduled to be executively produced by fellow Queens rapper 50 Cent. Exit 13 was originally slated for a fall 2006 release, however, after a 2 year delay, it was released September 9, 2008 without 50 Cent as the executive producer. Tracks that the two worked on were leaked to the Internet and some of the tracks produced with 50 made it to Exit 13.

LL Cool J partnered with DJ Kay Slay to release a mixtape called "The Return of the G.O.A.T.". It was the first mixtape of his 24 year career and includes freestyling by LL Cool J in addition to other rappers giving their rendition of his songs. A track entitled "Hi Haterz" was leaked onto the internet on June 1, 2008. The song contains LL Cool J rapping over the instrumental to Maino's "Hi Hater". He toured with Janet Jackson on her Rock Witchu tour, only playing in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Kansas City.

  NCIS: No Crew Is Superior
In September 2009, LL Cool J released a song about the NCIS TV series. It is a single and is available on iTunes. The new track is based on his experiences playing special agent Sam Hanna. "This song is the musical interpretation of what I felt after meeting with NCIS agents, experienced Marines and Navy SEALs," LL Cool J said. "It represents the collective energy in the room. I was so inspired I wrote the song on set."

  No More Single
No More Single

 acting career
While LL Cool J first appeared as a rapper in the movie Krush Groove (performing "I Can't Live Without My Radio"), his first acting part was a small role in a high school football movie called Wildcats. He continued to work in movies from then until 1995 when he landed his own television sitcom, In the House. He starred as an ex-Oakland Raiders running back who finds himself in financial difficulties and is forced to rent part of his home out to a single mother and her two children.

In 1998 he had a role in the film Halloween H20. In 1999's Deep Blue Sea, he played the wise-cracking cook on a top-secret sea base besieged by genetically-enhanced sharks. He received rave review for his role as Dwayne Gittens, an underworld boss, nicknamed "God" in In Too Deep. Later that year, he had a starring role in Any Given Sunday, in which he played Julian Washington, the talented but selfish running back on the dysfunctional Miami Sharks. Since then, LL Cool J has appeared in a variety of films, such as the 2002 remake of Rollerball, Deliver Us from Eva, and S.W.A.T..

In 2005, he returned to television in a guest starring role on the Fox medical drama House as a death row inmate felled by an unknown disease.

LL Cool J also appeared as Queen Latifah's love interest in the 2006 movie Last Holiday.

He also guest starred on 30 Rock in the 2007 episode "The Source Awards" as the hip hop producer Ridiculous, who Tracy Jordan fears is going to kill him.

LL Cool J appeared in Sesame Street's 39th season where he introduced the word of the day, "Unanimous", in episode 4169 and performing "The Addition Expedition" in episode 4172 .

LL Cool J is currently a series regular on the CBS police procedural NCIS: Los Angeles, a spin-off of NCIS (which itself is a spin-off of the naval legal drama JAG). He portrays NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna, an ex–Navy SEAL who is fluent in Arabic and an expert on West Asian culture. The series debuted in autumn of 2009, but the characters were introduced in an April 2009 crossover episode on the parent show.

 personal life
LL Cool J married his wife Simone I. Johnson, on August 9, 1995 at his home in Long Island, New York. The couple have four children: one son, Najee and three daughters, Italia , Samaria and Nina Simone .

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Name Duration Released
I'm That Type of Guy 05:17 08/2009
Hush 03:35 08/2009
Headsprung 04:27 08/2009
Phenomenon 04:05 08/2009
Jack the Ripper 04:48 08/2009
Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings 04:17 08/2009
Big Ole Butt 04:36 08/2009
You Better Watch Me 04:20 09/09/2008
American Girl 04:26 09/09/2008
Baby 04:01 09/09/2008
Mr. President 04:35 09/09/2008
Get Over Here 05:49 09/09/2008
Ur Only a Customer 02:18 09/09/2008
Feel My Heart Beat 03:21 09/09/2008
I Fall in Love 03:57 09/09/2008
Old School New School 03:41 09/09/2008
Like a Radio 03:34 09/09/2008
Dear Hip Hop 04:28 09/09/2008
It's Time for War 05:06 09/09/2008
This Is Ring Tone Murder 02:52 09/09/2008
We Rollin' 03:03 09/09/2008
Rocking with the G.O.A.T. 03:43 09/09/2008
Come and Party with Me 04:37 09/09/2008
Cry 04:15 09/09/2008
Speedin' on da Highway/Exit 13 04:49 09/09/2008
Preserve The Sexy 00:00 11/04/2006
Best Dress 00:00 11/04/2006
So Sick 00:00 11/04/2006
Freeze 00:00 11/04/2006
We're Gonna Make It 00:00 11/04/2006
Favorite Flavor 00:00 11/04/2006
Down The Aisle 00:00 11/04/2006
Control Myself 00:00 11/04/2006
#1 Fan 00:00 11/04/2006
It's LL And Santana 00:00 11/04/2006
Ooh Wee 00:00 11/04/2006
I've Changed 00:00 11/04/2006
What You Want 00:00 11/04/2006
It's Raining Men 00:00 2005
Paradise 04:35 2003
Clockin' G's 04:08 15/10/2002
Amazin' 03:58 15/10/2002
Big Mama 05:34 15/10/2002
Niggy Nuts 03:40 15/10/2002
Mirror Mirror 04:26 15/10/2002
Fa Ha 04:55 15/10/2002
10 Million Stars 04:01 15/10/2002
Born to Love You 03:42 15/10/2002
U Should 04:20 15/10/2002
Throw Ya L's Up 03:52 15/10/2002
After School 04:39 15/10/2002
Lollipop 04:45 15/10/2002
Blink Blink 03:59 2002
Luv U Better 04:47 2002
Put Your Hands Up 03:45 2001
Forgetaboutit 00:00 05/2000
Queens Is 00:00 05/2000
Skit 00:00 05/2000
U Can't Fuck With Me 00:00 05/2000
Take It Off 00:00 05/2000
Homicide 00:00 05/2000
LL Cool J 00:00 05/2000
You and Me 00:00 05/2000
Back Where I Belong 00:00 05/2000
Hello 00:00 05/2000
Imagine That 00:00 05/2000
Can't Think 00:00 05/2000
M.I.S.S. I 00:00 05/2000
Intro 00:00 05/2000
This Is Us 00:00 05/2000
Ill Bomb 00:00 05/2000
Farmers 00:00 05/2000
The G.O.A.T. 00:00 05/2000
Shut 'Em Down 00:00 2000
Violators 00:00 1999
First Degree 00:00 1999
Say What 00:00 1999
Candy 00:00 1998
Hot, Hot, Hot 04:00 1998
Father 03:57 1998
4, 3, 2, 1 00:00 09/1997
Stand By Your Man 04:50 1993
How I'm Comin' 05:04 1993
Mr. Good Bar 00:00 04/09/1990
6 Minutes of Pleasure 00:00 04/09/1990
Eat 'Em Up L Chill 00:00 04/09/1990
To Da Break of Down' 00:00 04/09/1990
Around The Way Girl 00:00 04/09/1990
Jingling Baby 00:00 04/09/1990
The Boomin' System 00:00 04/09/1990
Milky Cereal 00:00 04/09/1990
Mama Said Knock You Out 00:00 04/09/1990
Farmers Blvd. 00:00 04/09/1990
Cheesy Rat Blues 00:00 04/09/1990
The Power of God 00:00 04/09/1990
Murdergram 00:00 04/09/1990
Illegal Search 00:00 04/09/1990
Going Back to Cali 03:57 1988
I'm Bad 04:39 22/07/1987
I Need Love 05:23 22/07/1987
Breakthrough 04:04 22/07/1987
Go Cut Creator Go 03:57 22/07/1987
.357 – Break It On Down 04:05 22/07/1987
My Rhyme Ain't Done 03:45 22/07/1987
Bristol Hotel 02:43 22/07/1987
Get Down 03:23 22/07/1987
The Do Wop 04:59 22/07/1987
Kanday 03:59 22/07/1987
Ahh, Let's Get Ill 03:45 22/07/1987
Doin' It 04:53
Get Da Drop On 'Em' 03:57
Hip Hop 05:00
God Bless 03:47
Make It Hot 04:31
Hollis to Hollywood 03:58
The Intro 01:33
Loungin 04:12
No Airplay 05:43
Mr. Smith 03:59
I Shot Ya 03:51
Life As... 02:44
Prelude 00:30
Dear Yvette 04:07
You Can't Dance 03:37
I Want You 04:51
I Can't Live Without My Radio 05:28
You'll Rock 04:44
That's a Lie 04:42
I Need a Beat 04:32
Rock the Bells 04:01
Dangerous 04:40
I Can Give You More 05:08
Strictly Business 03:52
One Shot At Love 04:09
Deepest Bluest 04:29
Hey Lover 04:03

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