LL Cool J

Real Name:
James Todd Smith
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Born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, Ladies Love Cool James (LL Cool J) began his career in Queens, N.Y. when he was 16 years old, though he had been rapping since the age of nine. His grandfather bought him a mixing table and LL began to record tapes in his home. His father was Jimmy Nunya

Inevitably, he sent his tapes to various record labels and finally interested Def Jam Productions. In 1984 they signed him and released his first single, "I Need A Beat." The single sold more than 100,000 copies and established LL Cool J in the rap industry. His debut album, I Can't Live Without My Radio, (which went platinum) was recorded in 1985 after LL left high school to pursue a career in music. 1987 marked the release of his second album Bigger and Deffer, which soared to the No. 3 spot on the pop charts with the help of the hit single, "I Need Love".

LL's ability to intuitively combine rap and pop is his strong point, but at the same time it has cost him the respect of many rap fans who claimed he has a sold out. The successful single, "Goin' Back to Cali," appeared on the Less Than Zero soundtrack in 1988, further boosting his crossover popularity. In 1990 LL struck again with Mama Said Knock You Out, which marked him as a rap super-guru and pop deity. After this ascension, he starred in two movies and appeared and performed at the MTV Inaugural Ball in honor of President Clinton. He released 14 Shots to the Dome in 1993. LL returned to the studio to record the double platinum album Mr. Smith in 1995.

Throughout the mid-90s, LL continued to branch out into acting, taking roles in films such as Woo, Halloween: H20, and the Oliver Stone football opus Any Given Sunday. During this time, he released All World: Greatest Hits (1996) and Phenomenon (1997), an album that did not do well commercially or critically as it appeared LL was more interested in Hollywood than the hip-hop scene. LL confirmed his attraction to acting over the next few years, taking a small part in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels and then scoring a starring role in the 2002 remake of Rollerball. In between, he found time to release G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time), a self-assured collection that highlighted LL’s classic lyrical flow and gave him some much-needed cred in the ever-changing rap landscape.

With his 2002 release, 10, LL reaffirms the strength of his position in the popular culture of music. “I consider this disc to be a milestone in my life,” says LL Cool J. “A tenth album for anybody is truly an amazing moment.” While the world of hip-hop has not, historically, provided much stability or staying power for the artists that shaped it, LL Cool J has managed to take a stand within it, combining rap and pop influences that appeal to both realms.
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Albums

FCT 40239 LL Cool J - Radio album art L.L. Cool J* Radio (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia FCT 40239 US 1985 Sell This Version
28KP.1523 LL Cool J - Bigger And Deffer (BAD) album art LL Cool J Bigger And Deffer (BAD) (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 28KP.1523 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
RL 28-7 LL Cool J - Bigger & Deffer / It's Redd album art L.L. Cool J* / Redd (3) L.L. Cool J* / Redd (3) - Bigger & Deffer / It's Redd(LP, Transcription) AFRTS, United States Department Of Defense RL 28-7 US 1987 Sell This Version
CK-45172, CK 45172 LL Cool J - Walking With A Panther album art L.L. Cool J* Walking With A Panther (Album) Def Jam Recordings CK-45172, CK 45172 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
CK 46888, 46888 LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out album art LL Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out (Album) Def Jam Recordings CK 46888, 46888 US 1990 Sell This Version
314 523 488-2 LL Cool J - 14 Shots To The Dome album art LL Cool J 14 Shots To The Dome (Album) Def Jam Recordings 314 523 488-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
P2-23845 LL Cool J - Mr. Smith album art LL Cool J Mr. Smith (Album) Def Jam Recordings P2-23845 US 1995 Sell This Version
539 186-4 LL Cool J - Phenomenon album art LL Cool J Phenomenon (Album) Def Jam Music Group 539 186-4 Turkey 1997 Sell This Version
LLPHEN-INT LL Cool J - Phenomenon Radio Special album art LL Cool J Phenomenon Radio Special(2xCD, Promo) Def Jam Recordings LLPHEN-INT UK 1997 Sell This Version
P2 46819 LL Cool J - G.O.A.T.  Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time album art LL Cool J G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time (Album) Def Jam Recordings P2 46819 US 2000 Sell This Version
none LL Cool J Exclusive Album Sampler(CDr, Promo, Smplr) Def Jam Recordings none US 2000 Sell This Version
COOLMC2 LL Cool J - G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time (Exclusive Album Sampler) album art LL Cool J G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time (Exclusive Album Sampler)(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Def Jam Recordings COOLMC2 US 2000 Sell This Version
00440 063218-4 LL Cool J - 10 album art LL Cool J 10 (Album) Def Jam Recordings 00440 063218-4 India 2002 Sell This Version
B0002939-01 LL Cool J - The Definition album art LL Cool J The Definition (Album) Def Jam Recordings B0002939-01 US 2004 Sell This Version
B000615802 LL Cool J - Todd Smith album art LL Cool J Todd Smith (Album) Def Jam Recordings B000615802 Canada 2006 Sell This Version
none LL Cool J - The Return Of The G.O.A.T. - Greatest Of All Time! album art DJ Kay Slay Presents LL Cool J DJ Kay Slay Presents LL Cool J - The Return Of The G.O.A.T. - Greatest Of All Time!(CDr, Mixed, Promo) Not On Label (LL Cool J) none US 2008 Sell This Version
UICD-9054 LL Cool J - Exit 13 album art LL Cool J Exit 13 (Album) Def Jam Recordings UICD-9054 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
COCB-54070 LL Cool J - Authentic album art LL Cool J Authentic (Album) 429 Records COCB-54070 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
LLR3464 LL Cool J - Live In Maine (Colby College 1985) album art LL Cool J Live In Maine (Colby College 1985) (Album) Live Legends Rec. LLR3464 US 2016 Sell This Version
MC-6026 LL Cool J - "Untitled" album art LL Cool J "Untitled"(LP, Comp) Master Cuts MC-6026 Unknown Sell This Version
none LL Cool J - Unmastered Phenomenon Preview album art LL Cool J Unmastered Phenomenon Preview(Cass, Advance, Album, Unm) Def Jam Recordings none US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DJ001 LL Cool J - I Need A Beat album art L. L. Cool J* I Need A Beat (Single) Def Jam Recordings DJ001 US 1984 Sell This Version
12CXP-05349 LL Cool J - Rock The Bells album art LL Cool J Rock The Bells (Single) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP-05349 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
44-05907 LL Cool J - You'll Rock (Remix) / I Need A Beat album art L.L. Cool J* You'll Rock (Remix) / I Need A Beat (Single) Def Jam Recordings 44-05907 US 1985 Sell This Version
DJ005 LL Cool J - I Want You / Dangerous album art L. L. Cool J* I Want You / Dangerous Def Jam Recordings DJ005 US 1985 Sell This Version