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LL Cool J        

Hip-Hop Artist & Actor

LL COOL J is an entertainer who has succeeded in crossing into all mediums of entertainment. Already a talented actor currently starring in NCIS: Los Angeles, two-time Grammy Award winner and NAACP Image Award winner, LL continues to display his wide range of talents in his upcoming projects. In addition he is the recipient of ShoWest’s Male Star of Tomorrow and a Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award.

From the moment the teenaged young legend in leather exclaimed “I Need A Beat!”, LL Cool J has blazed an unprecedented legacy of achievements. He was introduced to the world in 1984 as Def Jam Records’ Flagship artist and is the first rap artist to amass eleven consecutive platinum-plus selling albums. In March of 2006 he released his 12th album.

Known by his given name, James Todd Smith, for all acting credits, 2006 is also a big year for his film career. In January he starred in Paramount Pictures Last Holiday, opposite Queen Latifah. The film was loved by the critics and a box office success. Later this year he will be seen in Edison, in which he stars with Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, and Justin Timberlake, and Slow Burn, with Ray Liotta.

Over the years, LL has appeared on screen opposite many great actors including Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell in Sony Pictures summer blockbuster S.W.A.T. , Al Pacino and Jamie Foxx in Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, and Gabrielle Union in Focus Features Deliver Us from Eva. Other film credits include Rollerball, Charlie’s Angels, Kingdom Come, In Too Deep, Halloween H20, and Toys. He has also received a Blockbuster Award for best comedic performance as the Chef in Renny Harlin's blockbuster action film Deep Blue Sea.

In 2005 Smith transitioned to television with a dramatic and critically acclaimed performance on the season two premiere of Fox’s hit drama House.

Most recently, LL has signed a multi-picture producing deal with Lions Gate Films to produce commercially viable product for the studio. In 2006 he also made his official debut in the fashion arena by launching his signature designer collection called Todd Smith during New York City’s fashion week. Slated to be in stores for the Autumn/Winter 2006 season, Todd Smith is a luxury collection of men’s and women’s wear.

Adding the title of author to his credits, LL’s first children’s book, And the Winner Is, was released in the Fall of 2002. Part of Scholastics exciting new series of books and CDs by today’s hottest rap stars called Hip Kid Hop, And the Winner Is tells the story of a young basketball player who learns the importance on winning and losing gracefully. By exploring themes of good sportsmanship, humility, and belief in oneself, the story reveals invaluable lessons that apply both on and off the court. He also penned a 1997 autobiography, I Make My Own Rules.

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An Evening With LL Cool J


An Interview With LL Cool J Before His Minneapolis Concert « CBS ...

LL Cool J, the actor and Grammy Award winning recording artist, is in the Twin ... Some of LL Cool J's most popular hip hop songs include “Mama Said Knock ...

New LL COOL J Song Featuring Brad Paisley 'Live For You ...

NEW YORK, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New LL COOL J Song Featuring Brad Paisley ... mid-tempo Hip-Hop/R&B sound, visit: http://bit.ly/LL-LiveForYou. ... A two-time Grammy® Award winner, recording artist, talented actor, New York ...

LL Cool J looks forward to a more festive Grammys show

Rapper/actor LL Cool J hopes his second time hosting the Grammy Awards is more fun ... The rap icon says the Grammys have embraced hip-hop culture, despite ... and at the same time give all of those deserving artists an opportunity to shine." ... to want their genre to be represented," says the two-time Grammy winner.

LL Cool J’s Album Mama Said Knock You Out Turns 25. Here’s How It Re-Defined His Career
Fabolous, LL Cool J to Host World Star Hip Hop's 3rd Annual Back-To-School Giveaway
Why LL Cool J's Most Famous Album Almost Never Happened

LL Cool J, née James Todd Smith, began releasing albums in 1985 after connecting with Def Jam: his first, Radio, went platinum. The year 1987 came, and he ...

LL Cool J Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

*LL Cool J has earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the unveiling ceremony was held on Friday (Jan. 22), where the rapper/actor was joined by fellow entertainers like Queen Latifah, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and more. Latifah and Diddy spoke highly of Cool J and his achievements in the music/film industry. Although he has stepped away from the music to concentrate on his acting duties, the veteran artist said in an interview with Variety that if he returns, it’ll be because he’s ready and not because a record label has demanded he deliver a new project. “If I put out more music, it’ll be just because,” he says. “It’s not to try to compete. I don’t have to be a juvenile to make cool records. I don’t have to be on the pop charts to be relevant or be a cool artist. I’m a cool artist because I’m LL Cool J and this is what I do. And that’s just coming from a place of confidence, not hubris or arrogance.” Check out the beginning of the star unveiling ceremony in the clip below at the 16-minute mark.

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