LL Cool J

Bürgerl. Name:
James Todd Smith
Profil:
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

LL Cool J - Radio Cover-Design L.L. Cool J* Radio (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia US 1985 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - Bigger And Deffer (BAD) Cover-Design LL Cool J Bigger And Deffer (BAD) (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings, Columbia New Zealand 1987 Diese Version verkaufen
RL 28-7 LL Cool J - Bigger & Deffer / It's Redd Cover-Design 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 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - Walking With A Panther Cover-Design L.L. Cool J* Walking With A Panther (Album) Def Jam Recordings Canada 1989 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - Mama Said Knock You Out Cover-Design LL Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out (Album) Def Jam Recordings Canada 1990 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - 14 Shots To The Dome Cover-Design LL Cool J 14 Shots To The Dome (Album) Def Jam Recordings US 1993 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - Mr. Smith Cover-Design LL Cool J Mr. Smith (Album) Def Jam Recordings US 1995 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - Phenomenon Cover-Design LL Cool J Phenomenon (Album) Def Jam Music Group Turkey 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
LLPHEN-INT LL Cool J - Phenomenon Radio Special Cover-Design LL Cool J Phenomenon Radio Special(2xCD, Promo) Def Jam Recordings LLPHEN-INT UK 1997 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - G.O.A.T.  Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time (Exclusive Album Sampler) Cover-Design LL Cool J G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time (Exclusive Album Sampler) (Album) Def Jam Recordings US 2000 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - G.O.A.T.  Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time Cover-Design LL Cool J G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time (Album) Def Jam Recordings US 2000 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - 10 Cover-Design LL Cool J 10 (Album) Def Jam Recordings US 2002 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - The Definition Cover-Design LL Cool J The Definition (Album) Def Jam Recordings US 2004 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - Todd Smith Cover-Design LL Cool J Todd Smith (Album) Def Jam Recordings Canada 2006 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - Exit 13 Cover-Design LL Cool J Exit 13 (Album) Def Jam Recordings Japan 2008 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - Authentic Cover-Design LL Cool J Authentic (Album) 429 Records Japan 2013 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - Live In Maine (Colby College 1985) Cover-Design LL Cool J Live In Maine (Colby College 1985) (Album) Live Legends Rec. US 2016 Diese Version verkaufen

Singles & EPs

LL Cool J - I Need A Beat Cover-Design L. L. Cool J* I Need A Beat (Single) Def Jam Recordings US 1984 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - I Want You / Dangerous Cover-Design L. L. Cool J* I Want You / Dangerous Def Jam Recordings US 1985 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - You'll Rock (Remix) / I Need A Beat Cover-Design L.L. Cool J* You'll Rock (Remix) / I Need A Beat (Single) Def Jam Recordings US 1985 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - Rock The Bells Cover-Design LL Cool J Rock The Bells (Single) Def Jam Recordings Canada 1985 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - I Can Give You More / I Can't Live Without My Radio Cover-Design LL Cool J I Can Give You More / I Can't Live Without My Radio (Single) Def Jam Recordings UK 1985 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - I Can't Live Without My Radio / You'll Rock (Remix) Cover-Design LL Cool J I Can't Live Without My Radio / You'll Rock (Remix) (Single) Def Jam Recordings, Def Jam Recordings US 1985 Diese Version verkaufen
CS-10135 LL Cool J You Can't Dance(7", Single) CBS CS-10135 Philippines 1986 Diese Version verkaufen
LL Cool J - I'm Bad / Get Down Cover-Design L.L. Cool J* I'm Bad / Get Down (Single, Maxi) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia US 1987 Diese Version verkaufen