LL Cool J

President + Actor
Born 1968

James Todd Smith, better known as LL Cool J (an abbreviation for Ladies Love Cool James), is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor from Bay Shore, New York. He is known for romantic ballads such as "I Need Love", "Around the Way Girl" and "Hey Lover" as well as pioneering hip-hop such as "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", "The Boomin' System", and "Mama Said Knock You Out".… Read More

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1968 Birth LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, New York, the son of Ondrea Griffeth (born January 19, 1946) and James Louis Smith, Jr. His mother was born Andra Jolly and was adopted by Eugene Gladstone Griffith and Ellen E. Hightower.


1986 18 Years Old …  Gigs at larger venues were offered to LL as he would join the 1986-'87 Raising Hell tour, opening for Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys.
1987 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Another milestone of LL's popularity was his appearance on American Bandstand as the first hip hop act on the show, as well as an appearance on Diana Ross' 1987 television special, Red Hot Rhythm & Blues. … Read More


1989 21 Years Old LL Cool J's third album was 1989's Walking with a Panther. … Read More
1990 22 Years Old In 1990, LL released "Mama Said Knock You Out", his fourth studio album. The Marley Marl produced album received critical acclaim and eventually went double Platinum selling over two million copies according to the RIAA. LL won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1992 for the title track. … Read More
1996 28 Years Old In 1996, Def Jam released this "greatest hits" package, offering a good summary of Cool J's career, from the relentless minimalism of early hits such as "Rock the Bells" to the smooth-talking braggadocio that followed. … Read More
1997 29 Years Old In 1997, he released the album Phenomenon. … Read More


2000 - 2002 2 More Events
2004 36 Years Old LL Cool J's 10th album The DEFinition was released on August 31, 2004. … Read More
2006 38 Years Old 1 More Event
LL Cool J's 11th album, Todd Smith, was released on April 11, 2006. … Read More
2007 39 Years Old He also guest starred on 30 Rock in the 2007 episode "The Source Awards" as the hip-hop producer Ridikulous, who Tracy Jordan fears is going to kill him. … Read More


2009 41 Years Old 1 More Event
The series debuted in autumn of 2009, but the characters were introduced in an April 2009 crossover episode on the parent show. … Read More
2011 43 Years Old In March 2011 at South by Southwest, LL Cool J was revealed to be Z-Trip's special guest at the Red Bull Thre3Style showcase. … Read More
…  In a February 10, 2012 televised interview with CNN host Piers Morgan, LL Cool J expressed sympathy for President Obama and ascribed negative impressions of his leadership to Republican obstruction designed to "make it look like you have a coordination problem." … Read More
2013 45 Years Old 1 More Event
LL Cool J hosted the 55th Grammy Awards on February 10, 2013, as well as the 57th Grammys on February 9, 2015. … Read More
2014 46 Years Old In October 2014, he announced his upcoming 14th studio album will be called G.O.A.T. 2 with a release window of 2015. … Read More
LL learned that his mother was adopted on a 2016 episode of the show Finding Your Roots. … Read More
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