LL Cool J

American entertainer

James Todd Smith ( give birth January 14, 1968 ), known professionally as LL Cool J ( short-circuit for L adies L ove Cool J ames ), [ 3 ] is an american knocker, record producer, and actor from Queens, New York. [ 4 ] With the discovery success of his single “ I Need a Beat ” and the Radio LP, LL Cool J became an early hip hop act to achieve mainstream success along with Kurtis Blow and Run-DMC. LL Cool J has released 13 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations. His one-twelfth album Exit 13 ( 2008 ), was his concluding for his long-tenured bargain with Def Jam Recordings. LL Cool J has appeared in numerous films, including In Too Deep, Any Given Sunday, Deep Blue Sea, S.W.A.T., Mindhunters, and Edison. He presently plays NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna in the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles. LL Cool J besides is the host of Lip Sync Battle on Paramount Network. [ 5 ]

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A two-time Grammy Award achiever, LL Cool J is known for hip hop songs such as “ Going back to Cali “, “ I ‘m regretful “, “ The Boomin ‘ System “, “ Rock the Bells “, and “ Mama Said Knock You Out “, a well as R & B hits such as “ Doin ‘ It “, “ I Need Love “, “ All I Have “, “ Around the Way Girl “ and “ Hey Lover “. In 2010, VH1 placed him on their “ 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time ” list. [ 6 ] In 2017, LL Cool J became the first rapper to receive the Kennedy Center Honors. [ 7 ] In 2021, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with an prize for musical Excellence. [ 8 ]

early life and syndicate [edit ]

James Todd Smith was born on January 14, 1968 in Bay Shore, New York to Ondrea Griffith ( born January 19, 1946 ) and James Louis Smith Jr, [ 9 ] besides known as James Nunya. [ 10 ] [ 11 ] [ 12 ] According to the Chicago Tribune, “ [ As ] a kid growing up in-between class and Catholic in Queens, animation for LL was heart-breaking. His forefather shot his mother and grandfather, closely killing them both. When 4-year-old LL found them, rake was everywhere. ” [ 13 ] In 1972, Smith and his mother moved into his grandparents ‘ home plate in St. Albans, Queens, where he was raised. [ 14 ] [ 15 ] Smith began rapping at the senesce of 10, influenced by the rap group The Treacherous Three. In March 1984, sixteen-year-old Smith was creating demonstration tapes in his grandparents ‘ home. [ 16 ] His grandfather, a jazz saxophonist, bought him $ 2,000 worth of equipment, including two turntables, an audio sociable and an amplifier. [ 17 ] His mother was besides supportive of his musical endeavors, using her tax refund to buy him a Korg drum machine. [ 18 ] Smith has stated that by the meter he received musical equipment from his relatives, he “ was already a rapper. In this region, the kids grow up in rap. It ‘s like speaking spanish if you grow up in an all-Spanish house. ” [ 17 ] This was at the like time that NYU scholar Rick Rubin and showman – coach Russell Simmons founded the then-independent Def Jam label. By using the mixer he had received from his grandfather, Smith produced and desegregate his own demonstration and sent them to diverse record companies throughout New York City, including Def Jam. [ 17 ]

melodious career [edit ]

In the VH1 objective Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, Smith revealed that he initially called himself J-Ski, but did not want to associate his stagecoach name with the cocaine acculturation ( The rappers who use “ Ski ” or “ Blow ” as separate of their phase name, for example, Kurtis Blow and Joeski Love, were associated with the rise of the cocaine acculturation, as depicted in the 1983 remake of Scarface. ) Under his new stage name LL Cool J ( an abbreviation for L adies L ove Cool J ames ), coined by his friend and companion rapper Mikey D, [ 19 ] [ 14 ] Smith was signed by Def Jam, which led to the let go of of his first base official record, the 12-inch individual “ I Need a Beat “ ( 1984 ). [ 16 ] The unmarried was a hard-hitting, streetwise b-boy birdcall with spare beats and ballistic rhymes. [ 16 ] Smith late discussed his search for a tag, stating “ I sent my demonstration to many unlike companies, but it was Def Jam where I found my home. ” [ 20 ] That lapp year, Smith made his professional introduction concert performance at Manhattan Center High School. In a late interview, LL Cool J recalled the experience, stating “ They pushed the lunch room tables together and me and my DJ, Cut Creator, started play. … a soon as it was over there were girls screaming and asking for autograph. veracious then and there I said ‘This is what I want to do ‘. ” [ 21 ] LL ‘s debut individual sold over 100,000 copies and helped establish both Def Jam as a label and Smith as a rapper. The commercial success of “ I Need a Beat ”, along with the Beastie Boys ‘ single “ Rock Hard “ ( 1984 ), helped lead Def Jam to a distribution conduct with Columbia Records the succeed year. [ 22 ]

1985–1987 : Radio [edit ]

Radio was released to critical acclaim, both for production invention and LL ‘s brawny rap. [ 23 ] Released November 18, 1985, on Def Jam Recordings in the United States, [ 24 ] Radio earned a meaning measure of commercial success and sales for a hip hop record at the time. shortly after its turn, the album sold over 500,000 copies in its first five months, finally selling over 1 million copies by 1988, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. [ 25 ] [ 26 ] Radio peaked at total 6 on the Top R & B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at total 46 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. [ 27 ] It entered the Top R & B/Hip-Hop Albums chart on December 28, 1985, and remained there for forty-seven weeks, while besides entering the Pop Albums chart on January 11, 1986, [ 27 ] remaining on that chart for thirty-eight weeks. [ 27 ] By 1989, the album had earned platinum status from the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ), with sales exceeding one million copies ; it had previously earned a amber documentation in the United States on April 14, 1986. [ 26 ] ” I Ca n’t Live Without My Radio “ and “ Rock the Bells “ were singles that helped the album go platinum. It finally reached 1,500,000 copies sold in the US. [ 28 ] With the breakthrough achiever of his hit single “ I Need a Beat ” and the Radio LP, LL Cool J became one of the early hip-hop acts to achieve mainstream success along with Kurtis Blow and Run-D.M.C. . Gigs at larger venues were offered to LL as he would join the 1986-’87 Raising Hell tour, opening for Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys. [ 29 ] Another milestone of LL ‘s popularity was his appearance on american Bandstand as the first pelvis hop act on the prove, [ 30 ] equally well as an appearance on Diana Ross ‘ 1987 television especial, Red Hot Rhythm & Blues. The album ‘s success besides helped in contributing to Rick Rubin ‘s credibility and repertoire as a record manufacturer. Radio, along with Raising Hell ( 1986 ) and Licensed to Ill ( 1986 ), would form a trilogy of New York City-based, Rubin-helmed albums that helped to diversify hip-hop. [ 31 ] [ 32 ] Rubin ‘s production credit rating on the back cover reads “ REDUCED BY RICK RUBIN ”, referring to his minimalist production stylus, which gave the album its stripped and farinaceous sound. This dash would serve as one of Rubin ‘s production trademarks and would have a great impact on future rap productions. [ 33 ] Rubin ‘s early hip hop production work, before his die from Def Jam to Los Angeles, helped solidify his bequest as a hip hop initiate and establish his reputation in the music diligence. [ 33 ]

1987–1993 : breakthrough and success [edit ]

LL Cool J ‘s second album was 1987 ‘s Bigger and Deffer, which was produced by DJ Pooh and the L.A. Posse. [ 34 ] This stands as one of his biggest-selling career albums, having sold in overindulgence of two million copies in the United States entirely. [ 35 ] It spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard ‘s R & B albums chart. It besides reached No. 3 on the Billboard ‘s Pop albums chart. The album featured the singles “ I ‘m bad “, the revolutionary “ I Need Love “ – LL ‘s first # 1 R & B and Top 40 hit, “ Kanday ”, “ Bristol Hotel “, and “ Go Cut Creator Go “. While Bigger and Deffer, which was a big success, was produced by the L.A. Posse ( at the time consisting of Dwayne Simon, Darryl Pierce and, according to himself the most significant for crafting the strait of the LP, Bobby “ Bobcat ” Ervin ), Dwayne Simon was the only one left volition to work on producing LL Cool J ‘s third base album Walking with a Panther. [ 36 ] Released in 1989, the album was a commercial success, with several charting singles ( “ Going back to Cali, ” which had primitively been released on the 1987 movie soundtrack Less Than Zero, “ I ‘m That type of Guy, ” “ Big Ole Butt, ” and “ One Shot at Love ” ). Despite commercial appeal, the album was frequently criticized by the rap community as being besides commercial and materialistic, and for focusing besides much on love ballads. [ 37 ] As a consequence, his consultation base began to decline due to the album ‘s bold commercial and pop aspirations. [ 38 ] According to Billboard, the album peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and was LL Cool J ‘s second # 1 R & B Album where it spent five weeks. In 1990, LL released Mama Said Knock You Out, his fourthly studio album. The Marley Marl produced album received critical acclaim and finally went doubly Platinum, selling over two million copies according to the RIAA. Mama Said Knock You Out marked a turning indicate in LL Cool J ‘s career, as he proved to critics his ability to stay relevant and hard-edged despite the misgivings of his previous album. [ 38 ] LL won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1992 for the deed chase. The album ‘s huge achiever propelled Mama Said Knock You Out to be LL ‘s acme sell album of his career ( as of 2002 ) and solidified his status as a rap icon. [ 38 ]

1993–2005 : Continued success and career prominence [edit ]

LL Cool J in 1999 After acting in The Hard Way and Toys, LL Cool J released 14 Shots to the Dome. The album had four singles ( “ How I ‘m Comin ‘ “, “ back Seat ( of My Jeep ) “, “ Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag Getting Crushed by Buildings “, “ Stand By Your Man “ ) and guest-featured labelmates Lords of the Underground on “ NFA-No Frontin ‘ Allowed ”. The album went amber. LL Cool J starred in In the House, an NBC situation comedy, before releasing Mr. Smith ( 1995 ), which went on to sell over two million copies. Its singles included “ Doin ‘ It “ and “ Loungin “. Another of the album ‘s singles, “ Hey Lover “, featured Boyz II Men, and sampled Michael Jackson ‘s “ The lady in My Life ” ; it finally became an early rap music television to air travel on VH1. [ citation needed ] The song besides earned him a Grammy Award. Yet another single from the album, “ I Shot Ya Remix “, included debut vocal music shape by Foxy Brown. In 1996, Def Jam released this “ greatest hits ” box, offering a effective compendious of Cool J ‘s career, from the grim minimalism of early hits such as “ Rock the Bells ” to the smooth-talking braggadocio that followed. classic albums including Bigger and Deffer and Mama Said Knock You Out are well represented hera. In December 1996 his informal cover of the Rufus and Chaka Khan birdcall “ Ai n’t Nobody “ was included on the Beavis and Butt-Head Do America soundtrack & released as a individual. LL Cool J ‘s rendition of “ Ai n’t Nobody ” was peculiarly successful in the United Kingdom, where it topped the UK Singles Chart in early-1997. [ 39 ] In that same year, he released the album Phenomenon. The singles included “ Phenomenon “ and “ Father ”. The official moment single from Phenomenon was “ 4, 3, 2, 1 “, which featured Method Man, Redman & Master P and introduced DMX and Canibus .
LL Cool J during a 2001 performance in Germany In 2000, LL Cool J released the album G.O.A.T., which stood for the “ Greatest of All Time. ” It debuted at number one on the Billboard album charts, [ 40 ] and went platinum. LL Cool J thanked Canibus in the liner notes of the album, “ for the divine guidance ”. LL Cool J ‘s future album 10 from 2002, was his 9th studio apartment ( 10th overall including his greatest hits compilation All World ), and included the singles “ Paradise “ ( featuring Amerie ), and the number 1 R & B hit “ Luv U Better “, produced by the Neptunes. Later pressings of the album added the 2003 Jennifer Lopez duet, “ All I Have “. The album reached platinum status. LL Cool J ‘s tenth album The DEFinition was released on August 31, 2004. The album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts. production came from Timbaland, 7 Aurelius, R. Kelly, and others. The lead single was the Timbaland-produced “ Headsprung ”, which peaked at No. 7 on the Hip-Hop and R & B singles chart, and No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. The irregular single was the 7 Aurelius –produced, “ Hush ”, which peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hip-Hop and R & B chart and No. 26 on the Hot 100 .

2006–2012 : Exit 13 and tour [edit ]

LL Cool J ‘s 11th album, Todd Smith, was released on April 11, 2006. It includes collaborations with 112, Ginuwine, Juelz Santana, Teairra Mari and Freeway. The first individual was the Jermaine Dupri -produced “ Control Myself ” featuring Jennifer Lopez. They shot the video for “ Control Myself “ on January 2, 2006 at Sony Studios, New York. The moment television, directed by Hype Williams, was “ freeze ” featuring Lyfe Jennings .
LL Cool J performing in Wilmington, Delaware in August 2008 In July 2006, LL Cool J announced details about his concluding album with Def Jam Recordings, the merely label he has always been signed to. The album is titled Exit 13. The album was primitively scheduled to be executively produced by mate Queens rapper 50 Cent. [ 41 ] Exit 13 was primitively slated for a fall 2006 liberation, however, after a 2-year stay, it was released September 9, 2008 without 50 cent as the executive manufacturer. Tracks that the two worked on were leaked to the internet and some of the tracks produced with 50 made it to Exit 13. LL Cool J partnered with DJ Kay Slay to release a mixtape called “ The Return of the G.O.A.T. “. It was the first gear mixtape of his 24-year career and includes freestyling by LL Cool J in accession to early rappers giving their renditions of his songs. A track entitled “ Hi Haterz ” was leaked onto the internet on June 1, 2008. The sung contains LL Cool J rapping over the instrumental to Maino ‘s “ Hi Hater “. He toured with Janet Jackson on her Rock Witchu tour, only playing in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, and Kansas City. In September 2009, LL Cool J released a song about the NCIS television receiver series. It is a single and is available on iTunes. The new track is based on his experiences playing special agentive role Sam Hanna. “ This song is the melodious interpretation of what I felt after meeting with NCIS agents, experienced Marines and Navy SEALs, ” LL Cool J said. “ It represents the collective energy in the board. I was sol prompt I wrote the song on set. ” [ 42 ] In March 2011 at South by Southwest, LL Cool J was revealed to be Z-Trip ‘s special guest at the Red Bull Thre3Style case. This marked the beginning of a creative collaboration between the rap and DJ superstars. The two took separate in an interview with Carson Daly where they discussed their partnership. [ 43 ] Both artists have promised future collaborations down the road, with LL Cool J calling the couple “ organic ” [ 44 ] One early on racetrack to feature LL ‘s talents was Z-Trip ‘s remix of British rock act Kasabian ‘s individual “ Days Are Forgotten ”, which was named by influential DJ Zane Lowe as his “ Hottest phonograph record In The World ” [ 45 ] and received a favorable reception in both Belgium and the United Kingdom. In January 2012, the pair released the track “ Super Baller “ as a barren download to celebrate the New York Giants Super Bowl victory. The two have been touring together since 2011, with future dates planned through 2012 and beyond .

2012–present : Authentic, G.O.A.T. 2 and future projects [edit ]

On October 6, 2012, LL Cool J released a newfangled single from Authentic Hip-Hop called “ Ratchet ”. Following that, on November 3, 2012, LL collaborated with Joe and producers Trackmasters with his 2nd single, “ Take It ”. [ citation needed ] On February 8, 2013, it was announced that the title of LL ‘s approaching album would be changed from Authentic Hip-Hop to Authentic with a fresh passing date of April 30, 2013. A fresh cover was unveiled at the lapp time. [ 46 ] At around the like time, it was announced that LL Cool J had collaborated with Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen on two tracks on the album. [ 47 ] [ 48 ] [ 49 ] On October 16, 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced LL Cool J as a campaigner for inclusion in 2014. [ 50 ] In October 2014, LL announced that his 14th studio album would be called G.O.A.T. 2 and would be released in 2015. [ 51 ] LL stated that “ the concept behind the album was to give approaching artists an opportunity to shine, and put myself in the position where I have to spit bars with some of the hardest rhymers in the game ” ; however, the album was put on retain. LL Cool J explained the rationality for it, saying, “ It was good but I did n’t feel like it was cook yet. ” [ 52 ] On January 21, 2016, LL received a star topology on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [ 53 ] In March 2016, LL announced his retirement on social media, but cursorily walked back his announcement and indicated that a new album was on the way. [ 54 ] LL hosted the Grammy Awards Show for five consecutive years, from the 54th Grammy Awards on February 12, 2012 through the 58th Grammy Awards on February 15, 2016. [ citation needed ]

In October 2018, LL Cool J was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [ 55 ] In September 2019, it was announced that LL had re-signed to Def Jam for future album releases. [ 56 ]

Acting career [edit ]

While LL Cool J first appeared as a rapper in the movie Krush Groove ( performing “ I Ca n’t Live Without My Radio ” ), [ 57 ] his first act separate was a minor function in a high educate football movie called Wildcats. [ 58 ] He landed the character of Captain Patrick Zevo in Barry Levinson ‘s 1992 movie Toys. [ 59 ] From 1995–99, he starred in his own television situation comedy In the House. He portrayed an ex- Oakland Raiders running binding who finds himself in fiscal difficulties and is forced to rent separate of his home out to a individual mother and her two children, one of whom moves out with her before the third season. [ 60 ] In 1998, LL Cool J played security guard Ronny in Halloween H20, the seventh movie in the Halloween franchise. [ 61 ] In 1999, co-star as Preacher, the chef in the Renny Harlin horror/comedy Deep Blue Sea. [ 62 ] He received positive reviews for his function as Dwayne Gittens, an underworld boss nicknamed “ God ”, in In Too Deep. [ 63 ] Later that year, he starred as julian Washington—a talented but selfish running back on fictional professional football team the Miami Sharks—in Oliver Stone ‘s drama Any Given Sunday. He and co-star Jamie Foxx allegedly got into a real fistfight while filming a fight setting. [ 64 ] During the future two years, LL Cool J appeared in Rollerball, [ 65 ] Deliver Us from Eva, [ 66 ] S.W.A.T., [ 67 ] and Mindhunters. [ 68 ] In 2005, he returned to television in a guest-starring character on the Fox aesculapian drama House ; he portrayed a death quarrel convict felled by an obscure disease in an episode entitled “ Acceptance “. He appeared as Queen Latifah ‘s beloved sake in the 2006 movie Last Holiday. [ 69 ] He besides guest-starred on 30 Rock in the 2007 episode “ The Source Awards “, portraying a rap producer called Ridikulous who Tracy Jordan fears may kill him. [ 70 ] LL Cool J appeared in Sesame Street’ s 39th temper, introducing the bible of the sidereal day — ” solid ” —in episode 4169 ( September 22, 2008 ) and performing “ The Addition Expedition ” in episode 4172 ( September 30, 2008 ). [ 71 ] Since 2009, LL Cool J has starred on the CBS police procedural NCIS: Los Angeles. The show is a by-product of NCIS, which itself is a by-product of the naval legal drama JAG. LL Cool J portrays NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna, an ex– Navy SEAL who is eloquent in Arabic and is an expert on West asian culture. The series debuted in fall of 2009, but the characters were introduced in an April 2009 crossing episode on the parent testify. [ 72 ] In 2013, LL received a Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor : action for his work on the testify. [ 73 ] In 2013, LL co-starred as a gymnasium owner in the sports dramedy Grudge Match. [ 74 ] Since April 2015, LL has hosted the usher Lip Sync Battle. [ 75 ]

other ventures [edit ]

LL Cool J worked behind the scenes with the mid-1980s rap sportswear line TROOP. [ 76 ] LL Cool J launched a invest line ( called “ Todd Smith ” ). [ 77 ] The brand produces popular urban apparel. Designs include influences from LL ‘s lyrics and tattoo, arsenic good as from early icons in the hip-hop community. [ 78 ] LL Cool J has written four books, including 1998 ‘s I Make My Own Rules, an autobiography cowritten with Karen Hunter. His second script was the children-oriented koran called And The Winner Is… published in 2002. In 2006, LL Cool J and his personal trainer, Dave “ Scooter ” Honig, wrote a fitness book titled The Platinum Workout. His fourth book, LL Cool J (Hip-Hop Stars) was cowritten in 2007 with rap historian Dustin Shekell and Public Enemy ‘s Chuck D. LL Cool J 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 tag, he had artists such as Amyth, [ 79 ] Smokeman, Natice, Chantel Jones and Simone Starks. Rock the Bells Records was besides creditworthy for the Deep Blue Sea soundtrack for the 1999 movie of the same mention. Rufus “ Scola ” Waller was besides signed to the label, but was released when the label folded. [ 80 ] LL Cool J founded and launched Boomdizzle.com, a record label / social network locate launched in September 2008. The web site accepts music uploads from aspiring artists, chiefly from the rap genre, and the web site ‘s users rate songs through contests, vote, and early community events. [ 81 ] In March 2015, LL Cool J besides appeared in an introduction to WrestleMania 31. [ 82 ]

bequest [edit ]

With the breakthrough success of his hit single “ I Need a Beat ” and the Radio LP, LL Cool J became an early rap act to achieve mainstream success along with Kurtis Blow and Run-DMC. Gigs at larger venues were offered to LL as he would join the 1986-’87 Raising Hell tour, opening for Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys. [ 29 ] Another milestone of LL ‘s popularity was his appearance on american english Bandstand as the first rap act on the show. [ 30 ] The album ‘s success besides helped in contributing to Rick Rubin ‘s credibility and repertoire as a record producer. Radio, along with Raising Hell ( 1986 ) and Licensed to Ill ( 1986 ), would form a trilogy of New York City-based, Rubin-helmed albums that helped to diversify rap. [ 31 ] [ 32 ] Rubin ‘s production credit on the back cover reads “ REDUCED BY RICK RUBIN ”, referring to his minimalist product expressive style, which gave the album its stripped and farinaceous sound. This manner would serve as one of Rubin ‘s production trademarks and would have a great affect on future rap productions. [ 33 ] Rubin ‘s early hep hop production make, before his exit from Def Jam to Los Angeles, helped solidify his bequest as a hip hop pioneer and establish his reputation in the music industry. [ 33 ] Radio ‘s free coincided with the growing new educate scenery and subculture, which besides marked the begin of rap ‘s “ golden age ” and the substitute of old school hip hop. [ 83 ] This period of hip hop was marked by the end of the disco rap stylings of old educate, which had flourished anterior to the mid-1980s, and the rise of a new expressive style featuring “ ghetto blasters “. Radio served as one of the earliest records, along with Run-D.M.C. ‘s debut album, to combine the vocal music approach of hip hop and rapping with the musical arrangements and riffing sound of rock music, pioneering the rap rock hybrid sound. [ 84 ] The emerging new-school scene was initially characterized by brake drum machine -led minimalism, frequently tinged with elements of rock, arsenic well as boasts about rapping delivered in an aggressive, assertive style. In visualize as in song, the artists projected a ruffianly, cool, street b-boy attitude. These elements contrasted sharply with the 1970s P-Funk and disco -influenced outfits, bouncy bands, synthesizers and party rhymes of acts prevalent in 1984, rendering them old educate. [ 85 ] In contrast to the drawn-out, jam -like form overriding throughout early on hep hop ( “ King Tim III “, “ Rapper ‘s Delight “, “ The Breaks “ ), new-school artists tended to compose shorter songs that would be more accessible and had electric potential for radio play, and conceived more cohesive LPs than their old-school counterparts ; the style typified by LL Cool J ‘s Radio. [ 86 ] A lead model of the new school sound is the birdcall “ I Ca n’t Live Without My Radio ”, a brassy, defiant declaration of public loyalty to his thunder corner, which The New York Times described as “ quintessential tap in its directness, immediacy and affirmation of self ”. [ 17 ] It was featured in the film Krush Groove ( 1985 ), which was based on the emanation of Def Jam and new school acts such as Run-D.M.C. and the Fat Boys. [ 87 ] The energy and hard-core delivery and musical style of rapping featured on Radio, a well as early new-school recordings by artists such as Run-D.M.C., Schooly D, T La Rock and Steady B, proved to be influential to hip-hop acts of the “ golden age ” such as Boogie Down Productions and Public Enemy. [ 88 ] The decline of the old-school phase of hip hop besides led to the close of Sugar Hill Records, one of the labels that helped contribute to early hep hop and that, coincidentally, rejected LL ‘s demonstration magnetic tape. [ 89 ] As the album served as an exemplar of an expansion of hip-hop music ‘s artistic possibilities, its commercial achiever and distinct healthy soon led to an increase in multi-racial audiences and listeners, adding to the bequest of the album and hip hop arsenic well. [ 84 ] [ 90 ] In 2017, LL Cool J became the first knocker to receive Kennedy Center Honors. [ 7 ] In 2021, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with an award for musical Excellence. [ 8 ]

personal life [edit ]

Smith married Simone Johnson in 1995. The couple have four children. [ 91 ] [ 10 ] He besides reconciled with his father. [ when? ] [ 13 ] [ 11 ] In an episode of Finding Your Roots, Smith learned that his mother was adopted by Eugene Griffith and Ellen Hightower. The series ‘ genetic genealogist CeCe Moore identified Smith ‘s biological grandparents as Ethel Mae Jolly and Nathaniel Christy Lewis through psychoanalysis of his deoxyribonucleic acid. Smith ‘s biological great-uncle was Hall of Fame boxer John Henry Lewis. [ 9 ]

political engagement [edit ]

In 2002, LL Cool J supported George Pataki ‘s bid for a third base term as Governor of New York. [ 92 ] In 2003, LL Cool J spoke at a U.S. Senate Committee hearing on the RIAA lawsuits against Americans distributing or downloading copyrighted music over peer-to-peer networks. He appeared to endorse the RIAA ’ second side, claiming illegal file share was hurting his sales and that his seance musicians “ can ’ metric ton live ” due to the lose income. Chuck D provided an pit vantage point, saying detached file-sharing could be leveraged as a promotional tool and the industry was being overprotective of its copyright. [ 93 ] He besides voiced his hold for New York State Senator Malcolm Smith, a Democrat, during an appearance on the senator ‘s local television receiver usher ; [ 94 ] he worked with Smith in putting on the annual Jump and Ball Tournament in the rapper ‘s childhood neighborhood of St. Albans, Queens. [ 95 ] In a February 10, 2012 televised interview with CNN host Piers Morgan, LL Cool J expressed sympathy for President Obama and ascribed negative impressions of his leadership to Republican obstruction designed to “ make it look like you have a coordination problem. ” He was promptly to add that no matchless “ should assume that I ‘m a Democrat either. I ‘m an independent, you know ? ” [ 96 ] In LL Cool J’s Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle, he included Barack Obama in a list of people he admired, stating that Obama had “ accomplished what people thought was impossible. ” [ 97 ]

discography [edit ]

Studio albums

Filmography [edit ]

Awards and nominations [edit ]

music [edit ]

Grammy Awards [edit ]

MTV Video Music Awards [edit ]

NAACP Image Awards [edit ]

Year
Nominated Work
Category
Result
Ref

1996
Mr. Smith
Best Rap Artist
Won
[112]

1997
Phenomenon
Best Rap Artist
Won

2001
G.O.A.T.
Outstanding Hip-Hop/Rap Artist
Won
[113]

2003
10
Outstanding Male Artist
Won
[114]

Soul Train Music Awards [edit ]

early music Awards

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Acting [edit ]

early honors [edit ]

References [edit ]

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