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LL Cool J

LL Cool J

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Famous as :

Hip-hop singer, actor

Birth Name :

James Todd Smith

Birth Date :

January 14, 1968

Birth Place :

Bay Shore, Long Island, NY, USA

Spouse :

Simone Johnson (since 7-Aug-95)

Claim to fame :

Single "I Can't Live Without My Radio" from album "Radio" (1985)

Biography


Capable of being both a cherished hip-hop/rap artist and a fine Hollywood actor, LL Cool J has indeed scored such a rare achievement in American entertainment industry that only few other stars could follow. Throughout his long career, he has fulfilled the hard task to flourish both professions in an excellent way, creating tunes which frequently became massive hits while at the same time taking parts in well-known movies that have really played important parts in enhancing his reputation in show business. The fact that he once experienced dark period in his younger years fortunately did not make him fall into a negative way of life, instead evoked him to materialize his dream to be what he has become of later.

Born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968 in St. Albans, Queens, New York as the only child of James and Ondrea Smith, little LL was never known how it felt to have a happy childhood for he had already been forced to endure some hardship during his early life. Since toddler, he had lived in awful situation due to the violence that often occurred in his parents' relationship which later shockingly resulted in his father's ruthless shot toward his mother and grandfather by the year 1972. Things got worse after survived Ondrea began dating a young physical therapist named Roscoe whom she met while being treated in the hospital for it turned out that this man frequently abused LL mentally and physically while the mother left home to work.

Latest News


LL Cool J and Canibus End 17-Year Feud, Perform Together at Brooklyn Show

December 22, 2014 08:22:44 GMT

What's been considered as one of the biggest feuds in rap is finally over. Almost 20 years after the beef between him and Canibus started, stunned the crowd when he recently brought out his former nemesis on the stage at the Hot 97 XMAS Show in Brooklyn, New York.
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LL Cool J Hints at Role in Upcoming Marvel Movie

October 30, 2014 04:05:19 GMT

Did land a role in Marvel Cinematic Universe? The rapper-turned-actor sparked such rumor after teasing on his Twitter account, "I'm so ready for this role in Marvel movie." His post came just a day after the studio announced its movie slate for Phase 3.
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Blink-182 Joined by LL Cool J to Perform at Los Angeles Show

November 16, 2013 04:00:04 GMT

welcomed a special guest when they took the stage at The Wiltern in Los Angeles earlier this week. The California rock band was performing "Dammit", a track off their 1997 album "", when they introduced "the one and only" .
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Video: Stephen Colbert Parodies Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's 'Accidental Racist'

April 19, 2013 02:59:35 GMT

"" is the latest TV show to give its take on and 's collaboration track "Accidental Racist". On its Wednesday episode, the host spoofed the country-rap tune, picking apart its lyrics and coming up with his own version titled "Oopsie-Daisy Homophobe".
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Video: 'SNL' Spoofs Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's Reaction to 'Accidental Racist' Controversy

April 15, 2013 03:08:26 GMT

"" poked fun at the controversy regarding and 's "Accidental Racist". While the real artists had come out with their defense of the song, and played the unlikely duo on April 13 to deliver their own version of the reaction to the criticism.
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LL Cool J and Brad Paisley Release New Song 'Live for You'

April 11, 2013 08:15:57 GMT

Just a couple of days after they released their now controversial song "Accidental Racist", the pair of and are back with a new one. Entitled "Live for You", their second collaboration was recorded for the 45-year-old rap star's forthcoming album "" set to be released on April 30.
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LL Cool J Backs Brad Paisley on 'Accidental Racist' Defense

April 10, 2013 08:47:59 GMT

Soon after country crooner posted a series of tweets to address the online criticism that his new song has drawn from bashers, his collaborator on the track, rapper , also immediately comes to the defense of "Accidental Racist". The 45-year-old rap star joined Paisley for an unlikely combination to rap about being an African-American in these modern times.
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Brad Paisley's 'Accidental Racist' Ft. LL Cool J Sparks Controversy

April 09, 2013 07:42:06 GMT

A new country-rap song collaboration from artists and has sparked reactions from the online community. Entitled "Accidental Racist", the track which appears on Paisley's new album "" addresses such issues as racism, the Confederacy and slavery.
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LL Cool J Premieres 'Take It' Music Video Featuring Joe

December 18, 2012 08:15:46 GMT

Hip-hop bigwig (Ladies Love Cool James) debuts his newest music video "Take It", a joint effort with R'n'B singer-songwriter and record producer . "Take It" is one of 15 tracks in Cool J's upcoming album "Authentic Hip-Hop", set to be released by February of next year.
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Taylor Swift and LL Cool J Will Host Grammy Nominations Show

October 30, 2012 03:19:03 GMT

is hard at work promoting her recently released album "" and her calendar is jammed with tour dates and live appearances, but that does not stop her from accepting the hosting gig for the "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" on December 5. The singer would be co-hosting with rapper and veteran host , the Recording Academy officials reported on Monday, October 29.
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Chris Lighty's Funeral Attended by LL Cool J, P. Diddy, Missy Elliot and More Hip-Hop Stars

September 06, 2012 01:52:14 GMT

Chris Lighty's funeral drew a slew of hip-hop biggest artists on Wednesday, September 5. Celebrities namely , , Missy Elliot, , , , Russell Simmons, , Lyor Cohen and Grandmaster Flash were blending with family and friends to pay final respect to the late music manager at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in Manhattan.
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LL Cool J Home Intruder Enters Not Guilty Plea

August 29, 2012 06:45:49 GMT

The man, who broke into 's home in Sherman Oaks, California, claimed innocent. Jonathan A. Kirby was slapped with first-degree burglary with a person present. If convicted, he could face up to 38 years to life in prison due to his lengthy criminal record.
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LL Cool J Home Intruder Charged With Burglary

August 24, 2012 06:13:00 GMT

The man who broke into 's home in Sherman Oaks, California was charged on Thursday, August 23. Jonathan Kirby, 56, was slapped with first-degree burglary with a person present. If convicted, he could face up to 38 years to life in jail.
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LL Cool J Releases Statement After Beating His House's Intruder

August 22, 2012 18:29:28 GMT

became his family's hero after taking down an intruder in his Los Angeles home. The rapper confirmed through his representative that he is safe and unharmed, adding "He is committed to keeping his family safe and is cooperating with authorities."
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Grammys 2012: LL Cool J Leads the Crowd to Pray for Whitney Houston

February 13, 2012 01:33:21 GMT

In the wake of 's shocking death, the 54th Annual Grammy Awards took on somber mood on Sunday night, February 12 at Los Angeles' Staples Center. After live performances by and , host came onto the stage and paid tribute to the late singer.
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LL Cool J Can't Keep Up With Nicki Minaj in New Promo for Grammy Awards

February 09, 2012 04:44:35 GMT

A new commercial featuring and for upcoming 54th Annual Grammy Awards has hit the web. Unlike the previous ad which shows the "Super Bass" femcee upset the "Control Myself" rapper, this new one is quite the opposite.
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Nicki Minaj Upsets LL Cool J With Her Confession in Grammys 2012 Promo

February 01, 2012 07:51:22 GMT

didn't only team up with for a promo picture of the upcoming 54th Annual Grammy Awards, but also for a TV commercial. While she doesn't do a lot of talking in the short clip, the "Super Bass" actress manages to upset the awards show host with her confession.
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New 'Skyfall' Set Photo and Video Show James Bond in His 'Self Driving' Range Rover

January 30, 2012 05:46:35 GMT

has been caught on camera sitting inside a black Range Rover on the set of "" in London. The English hunk was spotted filming a scene around London's Spitalfields area last Saturday, January 28. Instead of driving James Bond's classic Aston Martin car, the actor was seen being chauffeured on the back seat of the tough-looking SUV.
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Kim Kardashian Gets a Scare From Stranger With Luggage

January 30, 2012 05:42:24 GMT

has got an unwanted visit from a stranger that left her calling for cops. TMZ has just come out with a report that a man showed up at the "" star's home in Beverly Hills on Saturday, January 28 night with the intention of staying at the house.
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First Look at Nicki Minaj and LL Cool J in 2012 Grammy Awards Promo

January 30, 2012 04:22:07 GMT

joins for a promo picture of the upcoming 54th Annual Grammy Awards. She wears her long blond hair down, and rocks a frilly red bra top, which she pairs with fishnet stockings and black high-waisted shorts. Meanwhile, he suits up and finishes off his gentlemanly look with an Ascot cap.
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LL Cool J Officially Tapped to Host 2012 Grammy Awards

January 18, 2012 16:30:29 GMT

was a big part of Grammy nominations concert in November last year, not only being the host, but also the performer and producer. It has just been announced that the rapper is slated to play the role of host again, but this time on the big show which takes place February 12 in Los Angeles.
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LL Cool J Embarrassed by Performance With Miley Cyrus

November 17, 2010 07:51:08 GMT

Rap star has an embarrassing little secret - he once performed with . The hip-hop icon was persuaded to hit the stage with the teenage pop idol by his daughter, who is a huge Cyrus fan - but he doesn't like to talk about his collaboration.
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LL Cool J 'Ruined' a Theater Play in Los Angeles

September 29, 2010 07:37:24 GMT

was caught out at the theater in Los Angeles recently when he dashed onstage to stop a prop from falling - only to discover the accident was part of the production. The rapper/actor was in the audience for James Whitmore, Jr.'s "Better Days" when he jumped to action in an effort to protect one of the stars.
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Mark Wahlberg Enshrined in Hollywood Walk of Fame

July 30, 2010 04:06:09 GMT

Oscar-nominated actor was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, July 29. Wahlberg, who has become the 2,414th star to receive the honor, was accompanied by his co-star on his new movie "", , who hosted the unveiling.
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'Saw VII' Unleashes Mind Blowing 3-D Motion Poster

July 30, 2010 03:56:12 GMT

"Saw 7" is once again trying to emphasize the 3-D technology that will be used for the film by outing a new 3-D motion poster via UGO. Tagged with a line which reads, "In mind-blowing 3-D", the one-sheet displays a picture of a head statue which is broken into pieces with its small parts floating in the air.
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Zac Efron Confirms Strip Club Visit, Admitting It Wasn't Like He Envisioned

July 30, 2010 03:25:51 GMT

has confirmed about his latest adventure - attending a strip club. The 22-year-old actor admitted his visit when making an appereance on "" show on Wednesday, July 28, stating "Yes, I was in fact," when host brought up the strip club discussion.
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Photo Gallery: CBS, CW and Showtime Summer Press Tour Party

July 30, 2010 03:20:57 GMT

The stars of CBS, The CW and Showtime shows gathered at one place on Wednesday, July 28 night to celebrate the kick off of their Television Critics Association's press tour. CBS was the first to have its presentation on Wednesday in front of a group of TV journalists, followed by CW and Showtime the next day.
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Ozzy Osbourne Debuts 'Let Me Hear You Scream' Music Video

June 23, 2010 04:28:19 GMT

screams out loud in a newly-premiered music video for his new single "Let Me Hear You Scream". The video is directed by Jonas Akerlund, the same man who works on 's "Telephone" mini movie.
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Megan Fox Wants to Be Apache Lesbian Superhero

June 23, 2010 04:26:01 GMT

After portraying a prostitute in "", is tempted to take a more controversial role. Met at the premiere of her latest movie, the 24-year-old actress revealed that she would love to play Sarah Rainmaker who is described as a lesbian in the comic series.
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Rep Confirms Jennifer Garner 'Absolutely NOT Pregnant'

June 23, 2010 04:17:14 GMT

and her husband are currently not expecting their third child. A rep for the 38-year-old beauty has cleared out the swirling pregnancy rumors, telling People "Jennifer is absolutely not pregnant."
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