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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LL Cool J - Krush Groove — Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album art Various I Can't Live Without My Radio Various - Krush Groove — Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Comp, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records US 1985 Sell This Version
S 57014 LL Cool J - Black Gold album art Various Rock The Bells Various - Black Gold(LP, P/Mixed) CBS S 57014 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Various Going Back To Cali Various - Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Comp, Album) Def Jam Recordings Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Rapp Eighty-Seven Vol. 4 album art Various Get Down and 1 more… Various - Rapp Eighty-Seven Vol. 4 (Comp) Not On Label US 1987 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Def Jam Recordings Retail Tracks album art Various I'm Bad and 1 more… Various - Def Jam Recordings Retail Tracks (Comp) Def Jam Recordings US 1987 Sell This Version
ASK 2716 Various I'm Bad (as L. L. Cool J) Various - The Columbia Record - A Special Cd Sampler 2(CD, Promo, Smplr) Columbia ASK 2716 US 1987 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Max Mix 6 ZYX Edition album art Various I Need Love Various - Max Mix 6 ZYX Edition (Comp) ZYX Records Germany 1988 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Non-Stop Hell - Worlds Biggest Rap Hits 79-87 Megamixed album art Various I Need Love Various - Non-Stop Hell - Worlds Biggest Rap Hits 79-87 Megamixed (Comp) TELDEC, TELDEC Germany 1988 Sell This Version
LSP 980609-1 LL Cool J - Todo Un Mundo album art Disco 43 I'm Bad Disco 43 - Todo Un Mundo(LP, Album, Promo, Red) CBS LSP 980609-1 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
893-6 Various I'm That Type Of Guy (as L.L. Cool J) Various - Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 (Weekend Of August 5, 1989)(4xLP, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting 893-6 US 1989 Sell This Version
CK 89-28 LL Cool J - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem album art Various I'm That Kind Of Guy Various - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem(6xLP, Transcription) Westwood One CK 89-28 US 1989 Sell This Version
DMC 80/3 LL Cool J - September 89 - Previews album art Various Clap Your Hands Various - September 89 - Previews(LP) DMC DMC 80/3 UK 1989 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - House Party (Music From The Motion Picture) album art Various To Da Break Of Dawn Various - House Party (Music From The Motion Picture) (Album, Comp) Motown US 1990 Sell This Version
CSCS 5095 LL Cool J - Urban Love Song Collection album art Various I Need Love Various - Urban Love Song Collection(CD) CBS/Sony CSCS 5095 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Civilization Vs. Technology album art H.E.A.L. Human Education Against Lies Heal Yourself H.E.A.L. Human Education Against Lies - Civilization Vs. Technology (Album) Elektra, Elektra US 1991 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Facts About Black History Narrated By Columbia Recording Artists album art Various Around The Way Girl and 1 more… Various - Facts About Black History Narrated By Columbia Recording Artists Columbia US 1991 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Simply Mad About The Mouse album art Various Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf Various - Simply Mad About The Mouse (Album, Comp) Columbia Europe 1991 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Strictly Business (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Various Strictly Business (as L.L. Cool J) Various - Strictly Business (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Comp, Album) Uptown Records Germany 1991 Sell This Version
CK 91-07 LL Cool J - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem album art Various Around The Way Girl (as L.L. Cool J) Various - Casey's Top 40 With Casey Kasem(6xLP, Transcription) Westwood One CK 91-07 US 1991 Sell This Version
COL 475669 2 LL Cool J - Slow Κλικ album art Various I Need Love Various - Slow Κλικ(2xCD) Columbia, Sony Music Entertainment (Greece) Α.Ε. COL 475669 2 Greece 1993 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - 1994 Columbia Records Grammy Nominees album art Various Stand By Your Man Various - 1994 Columbia Records Grammy Nominees (Album, Comp) Columbia US 1994 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Street Fighter album art Various Life Is... Various - Street Fighter (Comp, Album) Priority Records US 1994 Sell This Version
Various Candyman Various - Jason's Lyric Sampler (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Mercury US 1994 Sell This Version
COL 476882 2 LL Cool J - Hip-Hop + Dance Rebels album art Various Around The Way Girl Various - Hip-Hop + Dance Rebels(2xCD, Smplr) Columbia COL 476882 2 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
LL Cool J - Q's Jook Joint album art Quincy Jones Jook Joint Intro Quincy Jones - Q's Jook Joint (Album) Qwest Records, Warner Bros. Records Europe 1995 Sell This Version