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LL Cool J

LL Cool J is an early rap artist with successful career in music, acting and production.

Full Name James Todd Smith
Age 55
Birthday January 14, 1968
Death Date
Birth Sign Capricorn
Born United States
Relationship Married
Height 6′ 2′′
Net Worth $120M


LL Cool J, born James Todd Smith, is an iconic American rapper, actor, author and entrepreneur. He has released 13 studio albums during his career and is credited as one of the pioneers of hip-hop. He is also known for his roles in television series such as NCIS: Los Angeles.

LL Cool J Timeline

  • 1968 – LL Cool J is Born in Bay Shore, New York on January 14th. His real name is James Todd Smith.
  • 1984 – Debut Single "I Need a Beat" is Released on Def Jam Recordings.
  • 1985 – Releases his self-titled debut album, LL Cool J.
  • 1993 – Releases his fourth studio album Mama Said Knock You Out which earns him Grammy Award nominations.
  • 1995 – Begins acting career with roles in films like Deep Blue Sea and Any Given Sunday.
  • 2008 – Launches his own clothing line, Todd Smith.
  • 2012 – Joins the cast of NCIS: Los Angeles as a series regular.

Why We Love LL Cool J

He‘s a Pioneering Artist

LL Cool J is one of the pioneers of hip hop music. He started making music in the early 1980s and paved the way for artists like Jay-Z, Nas and Kanye West. His music helped introduce rap to a wider audience.

He‘s an Accomplished Actor

In addition to his musical talents, LL Cool J has had a very successful acting career. He has starred in films like Deep Blue Sea, Any Given Sunday, S.W.A.T. and the popular TV series NCIS: Los Angeles. His acting has earned him 2 NAACP Image Awards.

His Unique Style

LL Cool J has always had a great sense of style. From Kangol hats to tailored suits, he has crafted an iconic look that has influenced hip hop fashion for decades. He knows how to look sharp.

5 Interesting Facts about LL Cool J

  1. LL Cool J was the first rapper ever nominated for a Grammy Award back in 1985.
  2. He started his rap career at just 16 years old when he signed with Def Jam Records.
  3. Along with rapping, LL Cool J has appeared in numerous films and TV shows over the years.
  4. He‘s an author who has written two books including his autobiography "I Make My Own Rules."
  5. In 2012, LL Cool J set a Guinness World Record for the longest rap freestyle at over 8 minutes long.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is LL Cool J‘s birthday?

LL Cool J was born on January 14, 1968. He is currently 55 years old.

What is LL Cool J‘s net worth?

LL Cool J has an estimated net worth of $120 million. He has earned much of his wealth through a successful music career, business ventures, endorsements, and acting roles.