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LL Cool J

LL Cool J at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. October 14, 2007. Photo by Travis Hudgons/PictureAtlanta.Net
Background information
Birth name James Todd Smith III
Also known as Ladies Love Cool James
Mr.Smith
G.O.A.T.(Greatest Of All Time)
Uncle L
Jack The Ripper
Born January 14, 1968 (1968-01-14) (age 40)
Origin St. Albans, Queens, New York City
Genre(s) Hip hop/ Rap
Years active 1977 – present
Label(s) Def Jam, G-Unit
Website Official LL Cool J Site

James Todd Smith III (born January 14, 1968), better known as LL Cool J, is an American hip hop artist and actor. LL Cool J stands for "Ladies Love Cool James." He is known for romantic ballads such as "I Need Love" and "Hey Lover" as well as pioneering hip-hop like "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", "Boomin' System", "Mama Said Knock You Out", and "4, 3, 2, 1". He has also appeared in several films. LL Cool J is one of a few hip-hop stars of his era to sustain a successful recording career for more than two decades. He has released 12 albums and a greatest hits compilation so far, with his next album, Exit 13, set to be released early 2008. The album will be the last for LL's record deal with Def Jam Recordings, a deal which has lasted for over twenty two years, making it the longest single hip hop deal to date. He now resides in Manhasset, NY with his wife and four children. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... St. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Def Jam Recordings, commonly referred to as Def Jam Records or just Def Jam is an United States based hip-hop record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group. ... G-Unit Records is a record label founded by 50 Cent and his manager Sha Money XL. After the debut of the album Get Rich or Die Tryin, 50 Cent was granted his own label. ... is the 14th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... I Need Love was the first single from LL Cool Js second album, Bigger and Deffer. ... This article is about the LL cool J album. ... Mama Said Knock You Out was a hit single by LL Cool J off of the album from the same name. ... Phenomenon is the seventh full-length original album by rapper LL Cool J. After the success of his previous release Mr. ... Exit 13: The Icon Verses the Wolfpack will be the 13th and final album on LL Cool Js record deal with Def Jam Recordings, a deal that has lasted for more than twenty years. ... Def Jam Recordings, commonly referred to as Def Jam Records or just Def Jam is an United States based hip-hop record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group. ... 2007 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Manhasset is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Nassau County, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. ...


He is also a commercially successful rapper, with record sales of over 15 million in the U.S. alone.

Contents

Early life

He was born James Todd Smith III in the working-class neighborhood of St. Albans, Queens, and raised between there and Bay Shore, New York on Long Island, the only child of Ondrea (née Griffith) and James Smith, Jr. He spent his youth singing in the church choir, participating in the Boy Scouts and delivering newspapers. St. ... Bay Shore is a hamlet (and census-designated place), located in the town of Islip, County of Suffolk, New York. ... This article is about the island in New York State. ... Née redirects here. ... It has been suggested that Baiting Hollow Scout Camp be merged into this article or section. ... A paperboy is the general name for a person (traditionally a preteen delivery boy) employed by a newspaper, a news agent or even an official postal service to deliver papers to subscribers as assigned by streets and routes, often on a bicycle. ...


Music career

Radio (1985)

Radio was released to critical acclaim, as LL Cool J was one of the first rappers to use conventional song structure to make pop oriented rap.[citation needed] "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "Rock the Bells" were successful and helped the album go platinum. "Rock the Bells" and another track, "Dear Yvette", both spawned 'answer records' to which L.L. never responded.


Bigger and Deffer (1987)

In 1987, he released Bigger and Deffer. The ballad "I Need Love" was one of the first hit pop-rap songs. Also featured on the album was "Go Cut Creator Go," which pays homage to the DJ. The album was met with commercial and critical acclaim going 2x Platinum. In 1998, The Source Magazine named it as one of the top 100 albums ever. At this point LL was on top of the rap world, and was making frequent appearances on television shows and on radio as he was being featured on other Def Jam artists' work. Bigger and Deffer (1987) is the 2nd album by rapper LL Cool J and is remembered most by containing the first commercially successful rap ballad, I Need Love. ...


"I Need Love" was the second single from LL Cool J's second album, Bigger and Deffer. The song is considered the first rap ballad and was released in the fall of 1987. It reached #1 on the R&B/Hip Hop charts and was a well-received single on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, reaching #14, while becoming one of the first rap songs to enjoy mainstream popularity in the UK, reaching #8 in the UK Singles Chart. The single won a Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap - Single in 1987. The song was parodied in 2000 by Brooklyn rapper Necro in his song "I Need Drugs", which alters the lyrics to a narrative of a man's addiction to crack cocaine. The piano melody in "I Need Love" was lifted off a Jayson Dyall instrumental called "Zoraida" but was never given credit. The song ranked #13 on the 100 Greatest Rap Songs.


Walking with a Panther (1989)

LL Cool J would return in 1989 with his third album, Walking with a Panther. The album featured the hit singles "Goin Back to Cali," "I'm That Type of Guy," "Jingling Baby," and "Big Ole Butt." The album was a commercial success, but failed horribly from a critical standpoint. The album was a critical failure due to it being overly commercially oriented. This album came out during a time that the West Coast hip hop secene was beginning to really become popular and its gangsta themes were dominating radio. Despite this, the album still managed to go platinum. Walking With a Panther is the third album by high-selling hip-hop artist LL Cool J. Produced in 1989, the album was a commercial success, with several charting singles (Going Back to Cali, Im That Type of Guy, Jingling Baby, Big Ole Butt), however, the album was often... West Coast hip hop, also known as West Coast rap or California hip hop, is a style of hip hop music that originated in California in the early 1980s. ...


"Don't call it a comeback"

Around the late 1980s, hip hop began experiencing a shift in consciousness away from the music's early themes of partying and braggadocio, to more socially aware issues such as drug abuse, race and racism, and economic empowerment.[citation needed] LL Cool J, as a result, experienced a drop in popularity due to the view that his music was behind the times and materialistic.


Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)

Following this, LL released Mama Said Knock You Out, generally leaning towards a tough street image. The record reestablished his reputation in the hip-hop community. It spawned three hit singles, "The Boomin' System," "Around the Way Girl," and the title track, which received special notice after LL Cool J's dynamic performance of it during an episode of MTV Unplugged. It was also featured in the film The Hard Way. The album included themes of police misconduct (Illegal Search), spirituality (Power of God), his career troubles ("Cheesy Rat Blues"), along with back-to-basics hip-hop party rocking and balladry ("Around the Way Girl"). Mama Said... eventually went on to sell over two million copies. It marked the first of many self-reinventions LL Cool J would undergo to adapt to hip-hop's often changing atmosphere. Mama Said Knock You Out was a hit single by LL Cool J off of the album from the same name. ... MTV Unplugged is a series showcasing popular musical artists playing acoustic instruments. ... The Hard Way is a 1991 action-comedy film starring James Woods and Michael J. Fox and directed by John Badham. ... Mama Said Knock You Out is the fourth album by hip-hop artist LL Cool J. The album was released in 1990, after the fallout of the ongoing feud with Kool Moe Dee. ...


14 Shots to the Dome (1993)

14 Shots to the Dome was LL's fifth album. It was more leaning to the west coast gangsta element versus the hardcore east coast sound of his previous release. 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 was considered a commercial and critical flop. It was criticized for not being original, instead sounding more like the music of Ruthless Records and Death Row Records. Fans turned a deaf ear because of its lack of a pop song or a lack of a single being released. The album still managed to certify Gold. 14 Shots To The Dome is the fifth album by rapper LL Cool J, released in 1993, and the first since his highly successful comeback album Mama Said Knock You Out. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Ruthless Records was the name of two different record labels, a Chicago punk label, and a Los Angeles hip hop label. ... Death Row Records is a record label that was founded in 1991 by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight, and was once home to some of raps biggest names, including Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt and Daz Dillinger). ...


Mr. Smith (1995)

After acting in The Hard Way and Toys, he released 14 Shots To The Dome (1993) to muted sales and mixed reviews, despite producing the small hit "Back Seat of My Jeep." He starred in In the House, an NBC sitcom, before releasing Mr. Smith (1995), which went on to sell over two million copies. Its singles, "Doin' It" and "Loungin", were two of the biggest songs in 1996 and both songs' music videos were hugely successful on MTV. 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 American VH1. The song also earned LL a Grammy Award. Yet another single from the album, "I Shot Ya Remix", is notable for providing the opportunity for upcoming rapper Foxy Brown to start her career. In 1996, LL also helped to launch a clothing line named FUBU — an acronym for "For Us, By Us", meaning the clothes were made for, and marketed to, African-Americans by African-Americans. Around this time he became partially involved in the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry when 2Pac dissed him, apparently in response to LL Cool J's "I Shot Ya" and its remix, both of which were featured on his "Mr. Smith" album. Neither of the songs however mention 2Pac or the simmering East Coast-West Coast conflict. The Hard Way is a 1991 action-comedy film starring James Woods and Michael J. Fox and directed by John Badham. ... This article is about the film, Toys. ... 14 Shots To The Dome is the fifth album by rapper LL Cool J, released in 1993, and the first since his highly successful comeback album Mama Said Knock You Out. ... In the House was a situation comedy starring LL Cool J. The show ran from 1995 to 1999. ... This article is about the television network. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Mr. ... A music video (also video clip, promo) is a short film or video meant to present a visual representation of a popular music song. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Boyz II Men is an American R&B/soul singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958), commonly known as MJ as well as the King of Pop, is an American musician, entertainer, and pop icon whose successful career and controversial personal life have been a part of pop culture for the last three decades. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the 1974 blaxploitation film, see Foxy Brown (film). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... FUBU logo FUBU is a major line of sportswear and the company of the same name. ... The Notorious B.I.G. and Puff Daddy on the cover of Vibe Magazine, September 1996 The East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry was an on-going dispute in the early-mid 1990s between artists and fans of the East Coast and West Coast hip-hop scenes. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ...


Life after "Mr. Smith"

Phenomenon (1997)

After the double platinum success of "Mr. Smith", LL began work on his next album. In 1997, he released the album Phenomenon. The first single, "Phenomenon" as well as the autobiographical "Father" were minor hits. The official second single from Phenomenon was "4, 3, 2, 1," which featured Method Man, Redman and introducing DMX and Canibus. In the original version of the song, Canibus rapped "Yo L, is that a mic on your arm? Lemme borrow that", referring to LL's tattoo of a microphone on his arm. LL heard the verse, interpreted it as a diss, and responded to it with his own verse. This essentially created a battle between two MCs in the same song. In an attempt to calm tension, LL later called Canibus to say he saw the line as disrespect, and asked him to change it, to which Canibus complied. LL did not remove his verse, believing that with Canibus' verse gone no one would know who he was referring to in his verse. However, the original version of the song was leaked to the public. This would set up a rivalry. Canibus released his single "Second Round K.O.", containing lyrics dissing LL, who later responded with "Ripper Strikes Back." In this song he not only dissed Wyclef, Canibus' producer, but went on to berate ex-friend Mike Tyson for appearing on "Second Round K.O." LL did another diss, with "Back Where I Belong" featuring Ja Rule. Canibus replied to both tracks with his "Rip the Jacker" using LL's "I'm Bad" backing track. General Name, Symbol, Number platinum, Pt, 78 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 10, 6, d Appearance grayish white Standard atomic weight 195. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Phenomenon is the seventh full-length original album by rapper LL Cool J. After the success of his previous release Mr. ... For other uses, see Phenomena (disambiguation) Phenomenom is a hit single by LL Cool J from his 1997 Album of the same name. ... For music albums named Autobiography, see Greek eauton = self, bios = life and graphein = write) is a form of biography, the writing of a life story. ... Phenomenon is the seventh full-length original album by rapper LL Cool J. After the success of his previous release Mr. ... This article is about Method Man. ... Reginald Reggie Noble (born April 17, 1970), better known by his stage name Redman, is an American rapper. ... Earl Simmons (born on December 18, 1970), better known by his stage name DMX, is an American rapper and actor who rose to popularity in the late-1990s. ... Germaine Williams (born December 9, 1974), better known as Canibus and also as Can-I-Bus and Rip the Jacker, is a Jamaican-born American MC and rapper. ... For other uses, see Tattoo (disambiguation). ... Nelust Wyclef Jean (IPA: ) (born October 17, 1972) is a Haitian-American rapper, guitarist, producer, and member of the hip hop trio The Fugees. ... Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is a former two-time American world heavyweight boxing champion and is the youngest man to have won a world heavyweight title. ... Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule is an American rapper from Hollis, Queens, New York City, New York, United States. ...


G.O.A.T. (2000)

In 2000, he released the album G.O.A.T., which stood for the "greatest of all time." It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, giving him his first chart-topper on that chart. Nonetheless, the album failed to produce the numbers of LL's previous releases, stalling at gold. The album featured the infamous diss record "Back Where I Belong," featuring Ja Rule. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) is the 8th studio album by American rapper LL Cool J, issued on Def Jam Recordings. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule is an American rapper from Hollis, Queens, New York City, New York, United States. ...


10 (2002)

Cool J's next album 10 from 2002, which denoted LL's 10th studio album, did not fare much better than his 9th. Although it included the popular singles "Paradise" (featuring Amerie), "Luv U Better," and the hit 2003 Jennifer Lopez duet, "All I Have," the album only reached gold status. 10 is the ninth studio album (not counting All World: Greatest Hits) by American rapper LL Cool J, issued on Def Jam Recordings. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Paradise is the second single taken from rapper LL Cool Js ninth studio album 10, featuring R&B singer Amerie. ... Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (born January 12, 1978[1]), better known as Amerie, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actress, and model. ... Love U Better is the title of a number-one R&B single by rapper LL Cool J. Categories: | ... For the meteorologist of The Weather Channel, see The Weather Channel (United States). ... All I Have is an R&B song written by American singer-songwriter Jennifer Lopez, Makeba Riddick, Curtis Richardson, DJ Ron G., Lisa Peters, and William Jeffrey for Lopez third studio album This Is Me. ...


The DEFinition (2004)

LL's eleventh album The DEFinition was released on August 31, 2004. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard charts. Production came from Timbaland, Irv Gotti, Jay-Z, and others. The lead single was the Timbaland-produced "Headsprung." The second single was the Irv Gotti-produced, "Hush." The album sold moderately well and went Gold. The DEFinition is the 10th studio album by American rapper LL Cool J, issued on Def Jam Recordings. ... Timothy Z. Mosley (born March 10, 1971), better known as Timbaland, is an American musical composer and R&B record producer and rapper whose style influenced both genres even helping to blur the distinction between the two, as well as Pop and Dance music. ... Irv Gotti (born Irving Lorenzo) (born June 26, 1970 in Hollis, Queens, New York, U.S.A) is a prominent hip hop and R&B record producer and is the head of The Inc. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Irv Gotti (born Irving Lorenzo) (born June 26, 1970 in Hollis, Queens, New York, U.S.A) is a prominent hip hop and R&B record producer and is the head of The Inc. ...


Todd Smith (2006)

LL's latest studio 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," another song with singer Jennifer "J-Lo" Lopez. Cool J and J.Lo 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. LL's has blamed disappointing sales of the album on Def Jam President Jay-Z.[1] Todd Smith is LL Cool Js 11th studio album, released on April 11, 2006. ... is the 101st day of the year (102nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 112 (pronounced one-twelve) is a Grammy Award-winning American R&B quartet from Atlanta, Georgia. ... Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, known by his stage name Ginuwine,(born October 15, 1975) is an American R&B singer and an occasional actor. ... LaRon Louis James (born on February 18, 1983), better known by his stage name Juelz Santana, is a rapper, producer and small time actor. ... Teairra Marí Teairra Marí (born December 2, 1987 in Detroit, Michigan), now 17, began her young career at age 12, recording in her cousins basement. ... Leslie Pridgen (born July 8, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) better known as Freeway is an American rapper signed to Jay-Zs Roc-A-Fella imprint under Def Jam Recordings. ... Jermaine Dupri also known simply as JD (born Jermaine Dupri Mauldin on September 23, 1972) is an American record producer and rapper. ... For the meteorologist of The Weather Channel, see The Weather Channel (United States). ... Control Myself is a song written by American rapper LL Cool J for his twelfth album Todd Smith. ... is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the state. ... Harold Hype Williams (born 1970 in Queens, New York) is an American music video and film director of African-American and Honduran descent. ... Lyfe Jennings (born Chester Jennings in Toledo, Ohio in 1978) is a platinum-selling African American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ...


Exit 13 (2008)

In July 2006, LL 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 will reportedly be executively produced by fellow Queens rapper 50 Cent. The duo have worked together previously on the remix to the single "Freeze" from the Todd Smith LP, which was titled "Bump This". Exit 13 had been slated for a fall 2006 release, however, the album did not emerge and now seems likely to surface in 2008 instead. It will be LL's final Def Jam Album. [2] and will also be released under 50 Cent's G-Unit Records Early elections in November are announced in the Netherlands. ... Exit 13: The Icon Verses the Wolfpack will be the 13th and final album on LL Cool Js record deal with Def Jam Recordings, a deal that has lasted for more than twenty years. ... 50 cents may refer to 50 subunits of currencies where the subunit is called a cent. ... 50 cents may refer to 50 subunits of currencies where the subunit is called a cent. ... G-Unit Records is a record label founded by 50 Cent and his manager Sha Money XL. After the debut of the album Get Rich or Die Tryin, 50 Cent was granted his own label. ...


Other works and ventures

Fashion

Cool J launched a clothing line (also called Todd Smith), which is aimed towards the higher end of the market while a less expensive range will be released called "T.S". Consultancy work by Dolce & Gabbana and Marks & Spencer is an influence on the designs. LL partnered with fashion executives, Ronald and William Gallo to form a company called Standard Fashion, where Ronald & Smith are both co-managing directors. The aim of marketing for the clothes line is to be oriented towards the clothing rather than LL Cool J. Smith had previously dabbled in fashion, having worked behind the scenes with the mid-eighties Hip-Hop sportswear line TROOP[3] and, as mentioned earlier, he helped launch the Hip-Hop fashion line FUBU in the 1990s. The future face of Todd Smith fashion line is rumored to be Sean John/Ralph Lauren model Kevin Navayne. Todd Smith is LL Cool Js 11th studio album, released on April 11, 2006. ... Dolce & Gabbana () is a high-end fashion house started by the Italian designers Domenico Dolce, born near Palermo, Sicily, and Stefano Gabbana, born in Milan, Italy. ... Marks & Spencer (M&S) is a British retailer, with 760 stores in more than 30 countries around the world. ...


Books

LL Cool J has authored three books, with his first venture in 1998 “I Make My Own Rules”, his autobiography co-written with Karen Hunter. His second venture into the literary world came with the children-oriented book called “And The Winner Is...” in 2002. In 2006, LL and with his personal trainer, Dave "Scooter" Honig wrote a book "The Platinum Workout" (worksheet here) based on their original *CDO diet providing detailed information on how and what people can do to better themselves physically in terms of diet, workout, philosophy and ideology. Karen Hunter Karen Hunter is an American journalist and writing collaborator. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Businessman and entrepreneur

LL has started his own businesses in the music industry such as the music label in 1993 called P.O.G. (Power Of God) and formed the company Rock The Bells to produce music. With the Rock The Bells label, LL had artists such as Amyth, Smokeman and Simone Starks.[4] LL's involvement with the artists would extend to co-producing and writing songs for his artists. LL has sold his part ownership of Def Jam [1] and turned down the Def Jam president job 10 years ago (as of year 2007) based on LL not believing he was qualified enough.[2]


Acting career

LL has had his share of acting roles and cameos in various television shows and movies. LL has stated that his main inspiration and influence for becoming an actor is from the late martial artist Bruce Lee.[5] His first major acting role was as Captain Patrick Zevo, the militant cousin of Robin Williams in the cult classic Toys, although previously he had a non acting cameo in the 1985 hip-hop movie, Krush Groove. He also had a strong supporting role in the Renny Harlin flick Deep Blue Sea as Preacher, a recovering alcoholic who had found religion and worked as the chef for the wet-lab. Bruce Lee (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: Lǐ Xiǎolóng; Cantonese Yale: Léih Síulùhng; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, instructor, and martial arts actor widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century and a... For other persons named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... Toys is a 1992 surreal black comedy film directed by Barry Levinson. ... // Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone The Color Purple, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Adolph Caesar Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and... Krush Groove (1985) Directed by Michael Schultz In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Simmons has all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove records, including Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jekyll & Mr. ... Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film that stars Thomas Jane, Samuel L. Jackson, and Saffron Burrows. ... Born again is a term used originally and mainly in Christianity, where it is associated with salvation, conversion and spiritual rebirth. ...


LL has appeared in many TV series, with one of his earliest guest appearance as the teacher Mr. Throneberry on the cult Nickelodeon children's series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, to more recent as a death row convict on the show House. His most notable role on television was the role he played as Marion Hill in the NBC and UPN sitcom In the House for five seasons before the show was cancelled. They originally centered around the interaction between Marion and Jackie Warren (Debbie Allen), but with the introduction of new characters the show turned to the story behind his sport clinic. The show received rave reviews for its depiction of African-American males (Marion was a vegetarian, meditated, and rarely swore). In 1999, LL starred as a ruthless drug kingpin Dwayne Gittens, who called himself "God", in the movie In Too Deep. LL also co-starred in the 2003 featured film remake of 1975 TV series S.W.A.T. Playing "Deacon 'Deke' Kay". LL has also expanded his career with providing voice-over for animations where he was originally in the film Rugrats Go Wild! as the voice of a Piki doll, but his character was removed from the final cut. This article is about the TV channel. ... The Adventures of Pete & Pete was a U.S. television series produced and broadcast by the Nickelodeon cable channel. ... House, also known as House, M.D., is an American medical drama television series created by David Shore and executive produced by Shore and film director Bryan Singer. ... This article is about the television network. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... In the House was a situation comedy starring LL Cool J. The show ran from 1995 to 1999. ... Debbie Allen (born Deborrah Kaye Allen on January 16, 1950 in Houston, Texas) is an American actor, choreographer, film director, television producer and a member of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities. ... In Too Deep is a 1999 crime-drama film, written by Michael Henry Brown and Paul Aaron, and directed by Michael Rymer. ... Rugrats Go Wild! DVD cover Rugrats Go Wild! is the minor hit 2003 Nickelodeon animated film, merging two animated television series Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. ...


LL is currently working on a CBS pilot called The Man with The OC's Melinda Clarke. This article is about the broadcast network. ... The O.C. ( stands for Orange County) is an American television drama/soap opera program broadcast on the Fox Network. ... Melinda Patrice Clarke[1] (born April 24, 1969) is an American actress who has worked on television series and films. ...


Discography

Main article: LL Cool J discography

This is the discography of rapper LL Cool J. // Radio Released: November 18, 1985 Chart positions: #46 US, #6 Top R&B/Hip Hop Last RIAA certification: Platinum Singles: I Cant Live Without My Radio, Rock The Bells Bigger and Deffer Released: July 1, 1987 Chart positions: # 3 US... Bigger and Deffer (1987) is the 2nd album by rapper LL Cool J and is remembered most by containing the first commercially successful rap ballad, I Need Love. ... Walking With a Panther is the third album by high-selling hip-hop artist LL Cool J. Produced in 1989, the album was a commercial success, with several charting singles (Going Back to Cali, Im That Type of Guy, Jingling Baby, Big Ole Butt), however, the album was often... Mama Said Knock You Out is the fourth album by hip-hop artist LL Cool J. Released in 1990, after the fallout of the ongoing feud with Kool Moe Dee, the album marked the first of many self-reinventions LL Cool J would undergo to adapt to the hip-hop... 14 Shots To The Dome is the fifth album by rapper LL Cool J, released in 1993, and the first since his highly successful comeback album Mama Said Knock You Out. ... Mr. ... Phenomenon is the seventh full-length original album by rapper LL Cool J. After the success of his previous release Mr. ... G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) is the 8th studio album by American rapper LL Cool J, issued on Def Jam Recordings. ... 10 is the ninth studio album (not counting All World: Greatest Hits) by American rapper LL Cool J, issued on Def Jam Recordings. ... The DEFinition is the 10th studio album by American rapper LL Cool J, issued on Def Jam Recordings. ... House, M.D. (commonly promoted as just House) is an American television series aired by the Fox Broadcasting Company. ... Todd Smith is LL Cool Js 11th studio album, released on April 11, 2006. ... Exit 13: The Icon Verses the Wolfpack will be the 13th and final album on LL Cool Js record deal with Def Jam Recordings, a deal that has lasted for more than twenty years. ...

Filmography

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Year Title Role Notes
1985 Krush Groove Himself
1986 Wildcats
1991 The Hard Way
1992 Toys
1995 Out-of-Sync
1997 Touch
1998 Caught Up
Woo
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
1999 Deep Blue Sea
In Too Deep
Any Given Sunday
2000 Charlie's Angels
2001 Kingdom Come
2002 Rollerball
2003 Deliver Us from Eva
S.W.A.T. Officer Deacon "Deke" Kaye
2004 Mindhunters
2005 Edison
2006 Last Holiday
2007 Heartland
2008 The Deal Bobby Mason

Krush Groove (1985) Directed by Michael Schultz In this movie based on the early days of Def Jam Recordings, up-and-coming manager Russell Simmons has all the hottest acts on the record label Krush Groove records, including Run-D.M.C., Dr. Jekyll & Mr. ... The term wildcat or wild cat may refer to several concepts: Wild Cat is a type of cat wildcat strike is a strike of workers that is not authorized by union leadership Wildcat is often used in North America as a synonym for the bobcat Wildcat (chess) is a chess... The Hard Way is a 1991 action-comedy film starring James Woods and Michael J. Fox and directed by John Badham. ... Toys is a 1992 surreal black comedy film directed by Barry Levinson. ... Touch soundtrack album cover Touch is a 1997 film written and directed by Paul Schrader. ... A 1997 love comedy film, said to be one of the worst films of all time. ... Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film that stars Thomas Jane, Samuel L. Jackson, and Saffron Burrows. ... In Too Deep is a 1999 crime-drama film, written by Michael Henry Brown and Paul Aaron, and directed by Michael Rymer. ... Any Given Sunday is a 1999 film directed by Oliver Stone starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, Matthew Modine, John C. McGinley, Charlton Heston, Ann-Margret, Lauren Holly, Bill Bellamy, Lela Rochon, Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Berkley and Marty Wright. ... Charlies Angels (2000) is an action/comedy feature film based on (and something of a sequel to) the 1970s television series Charlies Angels. ... Kingdom Come is a 2001 comedy film, written by David Bottre and Jessie Jones, and directed by Doug McHenry. ... Rollerball is a 2002 remake of the 1975 science fiction film of the same name. ... Deliver Us from Eva film poster Deliver Us from Eva is a 2003 feature film starring LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union, revolving around LLs character Ray being paid to date a troublesome young lady named Eva (Union). ... S.W.A.T. is a 2003 action crime movie and is a take on the television series of the same name. ... Mindhunters is a 2004 crime thriller, directed by Renny Harlin and written by Wayne Kramer and Kevin Brodbin (with an uncredited rewrite by Ehren Kruger). ... Edison (known as Edison Force in the United States) is a 2005 movie written and directed by David J. Burke. ... Last Holiday is a film directed by Wayne Wang and starring Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton and Alicia Witt and was filmed on-site in New Orleans, Louisiana and at Barrandov Studios, in the Czech Republic. ... The Deal is a comedy film currently in post-production and scheduled for release in 2008. ...

Awards

MTV Video Music Awards The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ...

NAACP Image Awards The following is a list of MTV Video Music Award winners for Best Rap Video. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ...

  • 1996 - Best Rap Artist, for "Mr. Smith"
  • 1997 - Best Rap Artist, for "Mr. Smith"
  • 2001 - Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Artist, for "G.O.A.T."
  • 2003 - Outstanding Male Artist

Grammy Awards This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Soul Train Music Awards The Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance was awarded from 1991 to 2002, alongside the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. ... Mama Said Knock You Out was a hit single by LL Cool J off of the album from the same name. ... The Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance was awarded from 1991 to 2002, alongside the Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. ... Mr. ... The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ...

  • 1987 - Soul Train Music Award for Best Rap - Single for "I Need Love"
  • 2003 - Quincy Jones Award, for "outstanding career achievements in the field of entertainment"

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards The Soul Train Music Award winners for Best Rap - Single The award has not been given out since 1988. ... Legendary performer Janet Jackson holds the record for most Soul Train Award wins, Jackson is shown winning the 2005 Legend Award The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ... Blockbuster franchise in Porto, Portugal Tippett ad for Blockbuster Blockbuster Video, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, USA, is the name of the largest chain of video tape, video game and DVD rental shops in North America, with shops in countries like Canada, the US, the UK, Australia, and Taiwan. ...

The New York Music Awards Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film that stars Thomas Jane, Samuel L. Jackson, and Saffron Burrows. ...

  • 15 New York Music Awards

Soul Train Awards The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired on various television networks in national syndication that honors the best in Black music and entertainment. ...

  • 10 Soul Train Awards

Billboard Awards The Billboard Music Awards, held annually in December, is one of four major music awards shows presented each year (the others being the American Music Awards, the Grammys, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ...

  • 1 Billboard Awards

Rock The Vote Award Rock the Vote is a non-profit political advocacy organization founded in Los Angeles in 1990 by Jeff Ayeroff, co-chief of Virgin Records. ...

  • 1997 - "Patrick Lippert Award"

Source Awards The Source Magazine The Source is a U.S., monthly full-color magazine covering hip-hop music, politics, and culture. ...

  • 2003 - Source Foundation Image Award, for "his community work"

Long Island Music Hall of Fame The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is an organization located in Lake Grove, New York. ...

  • 2007 - Inducted as part of the Inaugural Class of Inductees for his contribution to Long Island's rich musical heritage

References

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The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... Bigger and Deffer (1987) is the 2nd album by rapper LL Cool J and is remembered most by containing the first commercially successful rap ballad, I Need Love. ... Walking With a Panther is the third album by high-selling hip-hop artist LL Cool J. Produced in 1989, the album was a commercial success, with several charting singles (Going Back to Cali, Im That Type of Guy, Jingling Baby, Big Ole Butt), however, the album was often... Mama Said Knock You Out was a hit single by LL Cool J off of the album from the same name. ... 14 Shots To The Dome is the fifth album by rapper LL Cool J, released in 1993, and the first since his highly successful comeback album Mama Said Knock You Out. ... Mr. ... Phenomenon is the seventh full-length original album by rapper LL Cool J. After the success of his previous release Mr. ... G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) is the 8th studio album by American rapper LL Cool J, issued on Def Jam Recordings. ... 10 is the ninth studio album (not counting All World: Greatest Hits) by American rapper LL Cool J, issued on Def Jam Recordings. ... The DEFinition is the 10th studio album by American rapper LL Cool J, issued on Def Jam Recordings. ... Todd Smith is LL Cool Js 11th studio album, released on April 11, 2006. ... Exit 13: The Icon Verses the Wolfpack will be the 13th and final album on LL Cool Js record deal with Def Jam Recordings, a deal that has lasted for more than twenty years. ... I Need Love was the first single from LL Cool Js second album, Bigger and Deffer. ... Going Back to Cali is a song from LL Cool Js album Walking with a Panther, it was his second top 40 pop hit after I Need Love peaking at number 31. ... Around The Way Girl was a hit single by LL Cool J off of The album Mama Said Knock You Out. ... Mama Said Knock You Out was a hit single by LL Cool J off of his album of the same name. ... For other uses, see Phenomena (disambiguation) Phenomenom is a hit single by LL Cool J from his 1997 Album of the same name. ... Zoom is a single by Dr. Dre and LL Cool J from the Bulworth soundtrack. ... Love U Better is the title of a number-one R&B single by rapper LL Cool J. Categories: | ... Paradise is the second single taken from rapper LL Cool Js ninth studio album 10, featuring R&B singer Amerie. ... All I Have is an R&B song written by American singer-songwriter Jennifer Lopez, Makeba Riddick, Curtis Richardson, DJ Ron G., Lisa Peters, and William Jeffrey for Lopez third studio album This Is Me. ... Control Myself is a song written by American rapper LL Cool J for his twelfth album Todd Smith. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Exit 13. ... Wildcats is a 1986 motion picture starring Goldie Hawn and Swoosie Kurtz. ... The Hard Way is a 1991 action-comedy film starring James Woods and Michael J. Fox and directed by John Badham. ... Toys is a 1992 surreal black comedy film directed by Barry Levinson. ... Touch soundtrack album cover Touch is a 1997 film written and directed by Paul Schrader. ... A 1997 love comedy film, said to be one of the worst films of all time. ... Deep Blue Sea is a 1999 science fiction horror film that stars Thomas Jane, Samuel L. Jackson, and Saffron Burrows. ... In Too Deep is a 1999 crime-drama film, written by Michael Henry Brown and Paul Aaron, and directed by Michael Rymer. ... Any Given Sunday is a 1999 film directed by Oliver Stone starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, Matthew Modine, John C. McGinley, Charlton Heston, Ann-Margret, Lauren Holly, Bill Bellamy, Lela Rochon, Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Berkley and Marty Wright. ... Charlies Angels (2000) is an action/comedy feature film based on (and something of a sequel to) the 1970s television series Charlies Angels. ... Kingdom Come is a 2001 comedy film, written by David Bottre and Jessie Jones, and directed by Doug McHenry. ... Rollerball is a 2002 remake of the 1975 science fiction film of the same name. ... Deliver Us from Eva film poster Deliver Us from Eva is a 2003 feature film starring LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union, revolving around LLs character Ray being paid to date a troublesome young lady named Eva (Union). ... S.W.A.T. is a 2003 action crime movie and is a take on the television series of the same name. ... Mindhunters is a 2004 crime thriller, directed by Renny Harlin and written by Wayne Kramer and Kevin Brodbin (with an uncredited rewrite by Ehren Kruger). ... Edison (known as Edison Force in the United States) is a 2005 movie written and directed by David J. Burke. ... This is the discography of rapper LL Cool J. // Radio Released: November 18, 1985 Chart positions: #46 US, #6 Top R&B/Hip Hop Last RIAA certification: Platinum Singles: I Cant Live Without My Radio, Rock The Bells Bigger and Deffer Released: July 1, 1987 Chart positions: # 3 US...

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Born in St. Albans, NY, LL earliest memories are of music - the jazz albums his grandfather would play, the r&b and rap tracks he heard on the syndicated television dance show, "Soul Train." Burning with the need to create rhymes, he was rapping by the time he was 9 years-old.
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LL Cool J (James Todd Smith) was born on January 14, 1968, and raised by his grandparents in Queens, NY.
LL had achieved a lot of "firsts" and accolades by the time he entered his 20's, including a performance on Saturday Night Live, a profile in Ebony magazine (both firsts for a fl rapper), and he was asked by Nancy Reagan to headline an anti-drug concert for her infamous "Just Say No" campaign.
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