American rapper and actor, LL Cool J is one of the few hip – hop stars of his era to have a successful recording career of more than one decade. LL Cool J is one of the world’s wealthiest rappers. Since the ’80s, he has been a famous hip-hop icon, collaborating with some of the world’s largest producers and artists.
Quick Facts about LL Cool J
|Full Name||James Todd Smith|
|Net Worth||$110 million|
|Date Of Birth||January 14, 1968|
|Place Of Birth||Bay Shore, New York, United States|
|Marital Status||Married (Simone Johnson)|
|Children||4 (Najee Laurent, Italia Anita, Samaria Leah, Nina)|
James Todd Smith is better known by LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James) as his stage name.
LL Cool J is a hip-hop artist and actor that grew up to Def Jam Records in the eighties and nineties with albums like ‘Mama Said Knock You Out.’ He was also featured in movies like ‘Any Given Sunday‘ and has played a role in the long run series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles.’
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Early Life & Education
“LL Cool J,” James Todd Smith was born on the 14th of January 1968 in Long Island, New York. The name of his parents is James and Ondrea Smith.
LL cool J completed his education from Hillcrest High School.
Smith signed with a newly developed rap label called Def Jam at the age of 16 with the stage name LL Cool J (the “Ladies Love Cool James“). His first single “I Need a Beat” sold more than 100,000 copies with hard, fast, twisted rhymes and artfully arrogant phrases.
The first album of his, Radio, appeared in the movie Def Jam 1985, the year he appeared in Krush Groove.
He subsequently renewed most of his competition by creating audacious fresh expressions — winning airplay with the first romantic ballad of rap, “I Need Love” (1987), and creating the West coast rap in California with “Goin’ Back to Cali (1988).”
Reviewed by some for his success, LL then reacted to the musically and thematically innovative album “Mama Said Knock You Out” in 1990 in partnership with producer Marley Marl.
Career in Acting
The ever talented LL Cool J took action following the enormous popularity of the album. He has appeared in some TV films including In The House, Toys, Halloween H20, Deep Blue Sea, Rollerball, and 30 Rock.
He also kept on recording with Mr. Smith (1995), perhaps the most successful commercial release to date. His portrayal in the 2009 TV series, NCIS: Los Angeles, was known as an NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna.
In the 21st Century, LL became increasingly overshadowed by younger rappers, though following albums such as 10 (2002), Todd Smith (2006), and Authentic (2013).
However, he remained a renowned figure in the hip-hop world, who credited to non -musical endeavors such as his clothing line. In 2012-16 LL hosted the award ceremony, the winner of the Multiple Grammy Awards for Best Rape Solo Performance.
Cool has participated in other endeavors, similar to most successful artists in Hollywood. He owns the “Todd Smith” line that produces urban clothing with tattooed and lyrically influenced designs. LL has written four books as an author.
Awards & Achievements
Nine of the 13 albums released by LL Cool J were in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. His “G.O.A.T.” album (Greatest of All Time) reached No. 1.
In 2011 he was awarded a title with the BET Hip Hop Awards. In 2013 he was awarded a Teen Choice Award.
He was awarded 2 Grammy Awards, 2 MTV Video Music Award, 5 NAACP Image Awards, and one Teen Choice Award, respectively. He got a star in 2016 at Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The rapper, actor, author and entrepreneur, LL Cool J has this tremendous fortune which inclined successfully as his career in Hollywood.
Even his own last estimated net value was over $100 million. The sum will probably increase in the future because the rapper is still actively involved in his career.
As of 2019, LL Cool J’s net worth is estimated to be $110 million dollars.
Married Life of LL Cool J -Wife & Kids
Similar to young love, there’s nothing that warms the heart. When he was still a teenager, the actor met his child’s love of life and future mother, Simone Smith.
LL Cool J is not only good at entertaining people but is also a good husband and dad. His marriage to Simone Smith has been ongoing since 1995 with four children – Nina Simone Smith, Najee Laurent Eugene Smith, Samaria Leah Wisdom, and Italia Anita Maria Smith.
When Jame’s wife was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2004 LL Cool J was devastated.
Luckily, she got back from it.
Height & Body Measurements
The height of the LL Cool J is 6 feet and 2 inches and weighs 91 kg. Furthermore, his Sun Horoscope is Capricorn, an American nationality. Additionally, LL Cool J chest Size is 46 inches or 117 cm, 34 inches or 86 cm is his waist size, and biceps size is 16 in or 41 cm.
The color of his eyes are black, and his hair is blonde. The size of his shoe is 14 (US).
Social Media Profile
He has more than 5.05 M followers on Twitter. Also, he has more than 1.6 M followers on Instagram. Likewise, his Facebook page has more than 4 M followers.