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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450515 1 LL Cool J - Bigger And Deffer album art L.L. Cool J* Bigger And Deffer(LP, Album, Unofficial) Def Jam Recordings (2) 450515 1 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - 'Double L' Cools Down album art Double L* 'Double L' Cools Down On Top Records (2) US 1996 Sell This Version
2000-300 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(CD, Album, Unofficial) Priarity Records 2000-300 Malaysia 2000 Sell This Version
none LL Cool J - 10 album art LL Cool J 10(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (LL Cool J) none Russia 2002 Sell This Version
none LL Cool J - 30 Shots To The Dome Best Of LL Cool J Part 1 album art LL Cool J 30 Shots To The Dome Best Of LL Cool J Part 1(CD, Mixed, Promo, Unofficial) Not On Label (LL Cool J) none US 2005 Sell This Version
none LL Cool J - Best Of LL Cool J R&B Edition album art LL Cool J Best Of LL Cool J R&B Edition(CD, Mixed, Promo, Unofficial) Not On Label (LL Cool J) none US 2005 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out album art LL Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out (Album) Def Jam Recordings (2), Def Jam Recordings (2) US 2007 Sell This Version
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! (Comp) Be Music US 2008 Sell This Version
OS-154 LL Cool J - Old School Hip-Hop Classics album art LL Cool J Old School Hip-Hop Classics(LP, Unofficial) Rapmasters OS-154 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none LL Cool J - No Airplay / Uncle LL album art LL Cool J No Airplay / Uncle LL(12", Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label none 1995 Sell This Version
TKK-1531 The Lox / LL Cool J Introducing Kandice Love The Lox / LL Cool J Introducing Kandice Love - The Streetz / Amazin(12", Unofficial) The Killah Kuts TKK-1531 US 2003 Sell This Version
CAS 1773 LL Cool J - Big Ole Butt album art LL Cool J Big Ole Butt(12", RP, Unofficial) Def Jam Recordings CAS 1773 US 2004 Sell This Version
DO 001 LL Cool J - Phenomena (Breaks Remix) album art LL Cool D!* Phenomena (Breaks Remix)(12", S/Sided, Unofficial, W/Lbl) Deadly Silly Ones DO 001 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
LLCOOL-0134 LL Cool J Make It Hot / Loungin(12", Unofficial) Def Jam Recordings (2) LLCOOL-0134 2005 Sell This Version
BEATUP 002 LL Cool J - Headsprung (Drum'n'Bass Remixes) album art LL Cool J Headsprung (Drum'n'Bass Remixes)(12", Unofficial, W/Lbl) Beat Up BEATUP 002 UK 2007 Sell This Version
BK-006 LL Cool J - Look What You Have Done album art Beyoncé Feat. LL Cool J Beyoncé Feat. LL Cool J - Look What You Have Done(12", Unofficial) Not On Label (Beyoncé), Not On Label (LL Cool J) BK-006 US 2008 Sell This Version
OG-024 LL Cool J - Trip To Your Heart / Mama Said Knock You Out album art Sly & The Family Stone / LL Cool J Sly & The Family Stone / LL Cool J - Trip To Your Heart / Mama Said Knock You Out(7", Single, Promo, Unofficial) Originals OG-024 UK 2015 Sell This Version
44-05349 LL Cool J - Rock The Bells album art L.L. Cool J* Rock The Bells(12", Unofficial) Def Jam Recordings (2) 44-05349 US Unknown Sell This Version
no matrix Missy Elliott, LL Cool J Missy Elliott, LL Cool J - Work It (7", Unofficial) Underground (16) no matrix Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
ZZ-094 LL Cool J - Made You Look / Paradise / Bad Bitch album art Nas / LL Cool J / Deborah Cox Nas / LL Cool J / Deborah Cox - Made You Look / Paradise / Bad Bitch(12", Unofficial) Not On Label (Nas), Not On Label (LL Cool J), Not On Label (Deborah Cox) ZZ-094 US Unknown Sell This Version
EE0009-1 LL Cool J - Rasta Imposter album art LL Cool J Rasta Imposter(12", Unofficial) Xclusive EE0009-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
BBC-101 LL Cool J - Club Classics album art Ol' Dirty Bastard / LL Cool J Ol' Dirty Bastard / LL Cool J - Club Classics(12", Unofficial) Boom Bap BBC-101 US Unknown Sell This Version
PFH 105 LL Cool J - Everything Remains Raw / I Shot Ya album art Busta Rhymez* / LL Cool J Busta Rhymez* / LL Cool J - Everything Remains Raw / I Shot Ya(12", Promo, Unofficial) PFH PFH 105 US Unknown Sell This Version
LL COOL THE EP LL Cool J - Greatest Club Tracks album art LL Cool J Greatest Club Tracks(12", Unofficial) Not On Label LL COOL THE EP Unknown Sell This Version
none LL Cool J - All My Love / Paradise album art Jennifer Lopez / L. L. Cool J.* / Amerie Jennifer Lopez / L. L. Cool J.* / Amerie - All My Love / Paradise(7", Unofficial) Entertainment Inc. none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version