James Todd Smith III (born 14 from January of 1968 ), better known by the stage name LL Cool J ( L additions Love Cool J games, meaning his stage name), it is an American artist of hip-hop and actor. LL Cool J Net Worth Is $100 Million. He is best known for his romantic songs as I Need Love, as well as pioneering pop-rap with me, Can not Live Without My Radio, I am Bad, Boomin System, Mama Said Knock You Out, Headsprung and. He has also done work in several movies and currently plays special agent Sam Hanna in the NCIS: Los Angeles series.
LL Cool J is one of the few stars of the hip-hop era of his generation still active and with a thriving career for over two decades. It has released 12 albums and one compilation. The collection, Exit 13, published on 4 of September of 2007, was the last album LL Cool J by Def Jam, a connection that lasted for 22 years. LL Cool J means Ladies Love Cool James. He married Simone I. Johnson on August 9, 1995, and the couple has four children.
LL Cool J Biography
James Todd Smith famously recognized by his stage name LL Cool J was born on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, New York, son of Ondrea Griffith (born January 19, 1946) and James Louis Smith, Jr. His mother was born in Andra Jolly and was approved by Eugene Gladstone Griffith and Ellen E. Hightower, began to be influenced at age nine by the legendary hip-hop group Treacherous Three.
LL Cool J Musical career
He began his career with 16 years recording mixtapes; rumors say his nickname was copied from LL Cool Rav (Rav Tohani).
The album was critically acclaimed, reaching platinum with more than 1,500,000 units sold. In 2003, the album was numbered 478 on Rolling Stone’s list of best albums ever.
Bigger and Deffer (1987)
In 1987 he released his second album, with the hit “I Need Love”. The album was received with critical acclaim and in trade managed to reach 2x Platinum selling more than 2,300,000 copies. In 1998 the magazine named The Source as the first of the 100 best albums. At this point, LL was at the top of the rap world and appeared frequently in television programs, radio, and participation in the work of artists of Def Jam.
“I Need Love” was the second hit of their second album. It was considered the first rap ballad. It reached # 1 on the R & B / Hip-Hop and Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song was parodied in 2000 by rapper Necro Brooklyn in his song “I Need Drugs” that changes the lyrics of a dependency narrative of a crack man.
Walking with a Panther (1989)
LL Cool J returned in 1989 with their third album, Walking with a Panther. The album contains the following hits “Going Back to Cali,” “I am That Guy,” “Jingling Baby” and “Big Ole Butt.” The album was a great commercial success but ended up receiving much criticism from the Hip-Hop community, because it contains many love songs and relationships related to their success with women. This album came about when hip-hop was becoming popular on the West Coast with its gangsta themes dominating the radio. He achieved platinum with over 1,100,000 copies sold.
Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)
After that LL released her fourth album named Mama Said Knock You Out, turned to the street image, restored her reputation in the hi-hop community. It obtained three hits “The Boomin ‘System,” “Around the Way Girl,” and the song title of the album. He was also featured in the movie The Hard Way. The album included themes of police misconduct (Illegal Search), spirituality (Power of God), the difficulties of his career (“Cheesy Rat Blues”). Selling more than 2,700,000 copies, this marked the first of many reinvigorations of LL Cool J to adapt to the hip-hop atmosphere. This album is on the list of 200 definitive albums in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
14 Shots to the Dome (1993)
14 Shots to the Dome was the fifth album by LL Cool J. Containing the hits “How I am Comin ‘,” “Back Seat,” “Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag.” The album was considered a commercial failure. Fans became deaf because of the lack of pop music in the vein of their previous work. The album still achieved gold certification.
Mr. Smith (1995)
After performing in Toys and The Hard Way he released 14 Shots To The Dome (1993) with transformed songs and mixed reviews, producing a small hit “Back Seat of My Jeep.” He starred in the NBC sitcom In The House before releasing Mr. Smith (1995), which went on to sell more than two2biggest songs and video clips in 1996 both songs were very successful on MTV. Other hits on the album were “Hey Lover” featuring Boyz II Men inspired by Michael Jackson, “The Lady in My Life,” which ultimately became one of the first hip-hop music videos to air on the American VH1, the song also won a Grammy. However, another single from the album, “I Shot Ya Remix,” provided the opportunity for rapper Foxy Brown to begin her career.
Phenomenon and the confusion with Canibus (1997)
After 2x Platinum in Mr.Smith, LL started working on his next album. With the hit “Phenomenon” and a minor hit titled “Father”. Phenomenon’s second official single was which had participation from Method Man, Redman & Master P, and an introduction of DMX and Canibus. In the original version Canibus says: Vc LL, this is a microphone in his arm. Referring to the tattoo of a microphone on his arm.
LL heard the verse, played it as a diss (joke in bad taste), and answered him with his own verse, this essentially created a battle between the two MCs in the same song, in an attempt to calm the tension, LL later went talk to Canibus saying that his sentence was a disrespect and asked him to change, so that Canibus understood. LL did not remove the verse he had written for Canibus, believing that he would know he was referring to him. However, the original version of the ballad was released to the public.
This created a rivalry. Canibus released their hit “Second Round KO,” lyrics containing phrases that referred to LL, who later responded with “The Ripper Strikes Back.” In this song, he not only talked about Wyclef producer Canibus as well as former friend Mike Tyson to appear in the “Second Round KO.” LL did another of that, with “Back Where I Belong” featuring Ja Rule. Cambus responded to both tracks with their “Rip The Jacker” using LL-I am Bad’s music beat. Wyclef Jean replied to LL, with “What’s Clef Got To Do With It?”.
The song was later released with the name “What’s Clef.” However, the original version of the song was released to the public. This created a rivalry. Canibus released their hit “Second Round KO,” lyrics containing phrases that referred to LL, which later responded with “The Ripper Strikes Back.” In this song, he not only talked about Wyclef producer Canibus as well as former friend Mike Tyson to appear in the “Second Round KO.” LL did another of that, with “Back Where I Belong” featuring Ja Rule. Cambus responded to both tracks with their “Rip The Jacker” using LL-I am Bad’s music beat.
Wyclef Jean replied to LL, with “What’s Clef Got To Do With It?”. The song was later released with the name “What’s Clef”. However, the original version of the song was released to the public. This created a rivalry. Canibus released their hit “Second Round KO,” lyrics containing phrases that referred to LL, who later responded with “The Ripper Strikes Back.” In this song, he not only talked about Wyclef producer Canibus as well as former friend Mike Tyson to appear in the “Second Round KO.”
LL did another of that, with “Back Where I Belong” featuring Ja Rule. Cambus responded to both tracks with their “Rip The Jacker” using LL-I am Bad’s music beat. Wyclef Jean replied to LL, with “What’s Clef Got To Do With It?”. The song was later released with the name “What’s Clef.”
In 2000, LL Cool J released the album GOAT which represented the biggest “of all time.” It debuted at number one on the Billboard chart charts giving it its first chart-topper. The album got what was planned by LL going platinum. The album featured the diss “Back Where I Belong” featuring Ja Rule. Ironically, LL thanked Canibus on one of the album’s lines, “for inspiration.”
LL created an album titled 10, and his 9th album (including his hit All Wolrd) was much better than his 8th album. Thanks to the popular singles “Paradise” (featuring Amerie), “Luv U Better” produced by The Neptunes, and the 2003 hit with Jennifer Lopez “All I Have,” the album achieved platinum status.
The DEFinition (2004)
LL’s 10th album The Definition was released on August 31, 2004. The album debuted at # 4 on the Billboard chart.With the participation of Timbaland, 7 Aurelius, R. Kelly and others, “Headsprung” was the first hit that Timbaland produced at # 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second hit was the “Hush” with 7 Aurelius getting to # 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Todd Smith (2006)
LL Cool J releases its 11th; Todd Smith was released on April 11, 2006. The album contains entries from 112, Ginuwine, Juelz Santana, Teairra Mari, and Freeway. The first hit was produced by Jermaine Dupri’s “Control Myself” featuring Jennifer “J-Lo” Lopez. LL Cool J and J. Lopez made the video on January 2, 2006, at Sony Studios in New York. The second music video, directed by Hype Williams, was “Freeze” featuring Lyfe Jennings. The album did not meet expectations compared to previous ones. LL blamed the disappointment of his album on his lack of focus and former Def Jam president Jay-Z.
Exit 13 (2008)
In July 2006, LL announced details about their latest album with Def Jam Records. The album is titled Exit 13. The album was originally scheduled to be the exclusive production of rapper and friend 50 Cent. Exit 13 was originally planned for a 2006 release delay; however, after a delay of 2 years, it was released on September 9, 2008, with 50 cents as executive producer. Tracks in which the two worked leaked onto the Internet and some of the tracks produced with 50 cents made Exit 13.
LL Cool J in partnership with DJ Kay Slay released a mixtape called “The Return of the GOAT”. She is the first mixtape of LL in her 24-year career. The mixtape includes freestyling LL on new hits as well as other rappers, returning their version of classic LL songs. The track, titled “Hi Haterz” leaked on the internet on June 1, 2008. The song contains LL Cool J coming out of rap and going for the instrumental Maino’s “Hi Hater”. Recently toured with Janet Jackson on his “Rock Witchu” tour, while in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Kansas City.
LL Cool J Artistic career
LL Cool J made his first acting role playing a small role in a football school movie called Wildcats. He continued to work in movies since then, until 1995, when he landed his television series, In The House. He starred as a former Los Angeles Raider who is in financial difficulties and is required to rent part of his home to a single mother and her two children. He continued to appear on the screens throughout the episodes of the series for four years.
In 1998 he had a part in the movie Halloween H20. He followed up to H2O in 1999 with Do Fundo do Mar, where he played the role of a cook at the top of a secret base in the sea surrounded by genetically improved sharks. Later that year he played a leading role in One Sunday Anywhere, in which he acted as Julian Washington, the talented but selfish one running back into the dysfunctional Miami Sharks. Since then, LL Cool J has appeared in several films, including the remake of the 2002 Rollerball, Deliver us from Eva, and SWAT.
In 2005, he returned to television in co-starring a role in the medical drama Dr.House as a prisoner of death row, overthrown by an unknown disease.
He also appeared in 30 Rock in the episode “The Source Awards” as hip-hop producer Ridiculous, who fears Tracy Jordan will try to kill him.
LL Cool J appeared in the 39th Sesame Street season, where he introduced the word of the day, “Unanimity,” in episode 4169 (September 22, 2008) and participation in “The Addition Expedition” in episode 4172 (September 30, 2008).
He is working on a CBS police series NCIS: Los Angeles, an NCIS spin-off. LL Cool J acts as special agent Sam Hanna, an ex-sailor who is fluent in Arabic and an expert in West Asian culture. The series debuted in the fall of 2009, but the characters were introduced in an April 2009 cross-over episode of the show.
LL Cool J Other work
LL Cool J Fashion
LL Cool J worked behind the scenes in the mid-eighties on the hip-hop sports line TROOP. In the mid-90s, it also helped launch a clothing line called FUBU.
LL launched a clothing line (called Todd Smith).
LL Cool J Books
LL Cool J has written four books, including 1998’s “I Make My Own Rules,” an autobiography co-authored with Karen Hunter. His second book was a children’s book called “And The Winner Is …” published in 2002. In 2006, LL Cool J and his trainer, Dave “Scooter” Honig wrote a bodybuilding book, “The Platinum Workout “. His fourth book “LL Cool J (Hip-Hop Stars)” was co-written in 2007 with hip-hop historian Dustin Shekell and Chuck D. of Public Enemy
LL Cool J Entrepreneur
LL Cool J started his own business in the music industry with the label of music in 1993, called POG (Power Of God) and formed the company Rock The Bells to produce music. With the label Rock The Bells, it had artists like Amyth, Smokeman, Native, Chantel Jones and Simone Starks. Rock the Bells Records was also responsible for the soundtrack to the 1999 film, From the Bottom of the Sea. Rufus “Scola” Waller was also signed with the label but was released when the label was folded.
LL Cool J founded and launched the website Boomdizzle.com, a label / social networking site launched in September 2008. The site accepts uploading music from new artists, especially the genre, hip hop and songs from the site users choose through contests, polls, and other community events.