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 Radio — LL Cool J L.L. Cool J* Radio (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia FCT 40239 US 1985 Sell This Version
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28KP.1523 Bigger And Deffer (BAD) — LL Cool J LL Cool J Bigger And Deffer (BAD) (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Columbia 28KP.1523 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
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RL 28-7 Bigger & Deffer / It's Redd — LL Cool J 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
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C 2570889 Walking With A Panther — LL Cool J LL Cool J Walking With A Panther (Album) Def Jam Recordings C 2570889 Indonesia 1989 Sell This Version
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CK 46888, 46888 Mama Said Knock You Out — LL Cool J L.L. Cool J* Mama Said Knock You Out (Album) Def Jam Recordings CK 46888, 46888 US 1990 Sell This Version
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CM 53325 14 Shots To The Dome — LL Cool J LL Cool J 14 Shots To The Dome (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia CM 53325 US 1993 Sell This Version
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none Hitline USA - The Sounds Of A New Generation — LL Cool J LL Cool J Hitline USA - The Sounds Of A New Generation(Cass, Promo) Pepsi-Cola none US 1993 Sell This Version
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P2-23845 Mr. Smith — LL Cool J LL Cool J Mr. Smith (Album) Def Jam Recordings P2-23845 US 1995 Sell This Version
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539 186-4 Phenomenon — LL Cool J LL Cool J Phenomenon (Album) Def Jam Recordings 539 186-4 Turkey 1997 Sell This Version
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P2 46819 G.O.A.T  Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time — LL Cool J 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
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00440 063218-4 10 — LL Cool J LL Cool J 10 (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 00440 063218-4 India 2002 Sell This Version
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none Get Down Or Lay Down Pt. 2 — LL Cool J DJ Kay Slay & LL Cool J DJ Kay Slay & LL Cool J - Get Down Or Lay Down Pt. 2(CDr, Mixtape, Promo) Streetsweepers Entertainment none US 2002 Sell This Version
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B0002939-01 The Definition — LL Cool J LL Cool J The Definition (Album) Def Jam Recordings B0002939-01 US 2004 Sell This Version
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06024987986-4 Todd Smith — LL Cool J LL Cool J Todd Smith (Album) Def Jam Recordings 06024987986-4 India 2006 Sell This Version
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none The Return Of The G.O.A.T. - Greatest Of All Time! — LL Cool J LL Cool J The Return Of The G.O.A.T. - Greatest Of All Time! Boomdizzle none US 2008 Sell This Version
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06025 177 530-6 Exit 13 — LL Cool J LL Cool J Exit 13 (Album) Def Jam Recordings 06025 177 530-6 India 2008 Sell This Version
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COCB-54070 Authentic — LL Cool J LL Cool J Authentic (Album) 429 Records COCB-54070 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
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LLR3464 Live In Maine (Colby College 1985) — LL Cool J LL Cool J Live In Maine (Colby College 1985) (Album) Live Legends Rec. LLR3464 US 2016 Sell This Version
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U1 Re-Rock The Bells — LL Cool J LL Cool J Re-Rock The Bells(LP) Not On Label U1 UK Unknown Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

DJ001 I Need A Beat — LL Cool J L. L. Cool J* I Need A Beat (Single) Def Jam Recordings DJ001 US 1984 Sell This Version
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44-05907 You'll Rock (Remix) / I Need A Beat — LL Cool J L.L. Cool J* You'll Rock (Remix) / I Need A Beat (Single) Def Jam Recordings 44-05907 US 1985 Sell This Version
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DJ005 I Want You / Dangerous — LL Cool J L. L. Cool J* I Want You / Dangerous Def Jam Recordings DJ005 US 1985 Sell This Version
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12CXP-05349 Rock The Bells — LL Cool J LL Cool J Rock The Bells (Single) Def Jam Recordings 12CXP-05349 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
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TX 6684 I Can Give You More / I Can't Live Without My Radio — LL Cool J LL Cool J I Can Give You More / I Can't Live Without My Radio (Single) Def Jam Recordings TX 6684 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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13-08380 I Can't Live Without My Radio / You'll Rock (Remix) — LL Cool J LL Cool J I Can't Live Without My Radio / You'll Rock (Remix) (Single) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings 13-08380 US 1985 Sell This Version