LL Cool J

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Legal name: James Todd Smith (US rapper LL Cool J)


James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), known professionally as LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James), is an American rapper and actor from Queens, New York. He is known for such hip hop hits as "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", "The Boomin' System", "Rock The Bells" and "Mama Said Knock You Out", as well as romantic ballads such as "Doin' It", "I Need Love", "Around the Way Girl" and "Hey Lover".

LL Cool J is also known as one of the forefathers of pop rap. He has released 13 studio albums and two greatest hits compilations. His twelfth album Exit 13 (2008), was his last for his long-tenured deal with Def Jam Recordings. His latest album, Authentic, was released in April 2013. In 2010, VH1 considered him to be in their "100 Greatest Artists Of All Time" list.

LL Cool J has also appeared in numerous films, including In Too Deep, Any Given Sunday, S.W.A.T., Mindhunters, and Edison. He currently stars in an action role as NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna, on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles. LL Cool J is also the host of Lip Sync Battle on Spike.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Radio L.L. Cool J 5
1987 Bigger and Deffer L.L. Cool J 4
1989 Walking With a Panther L.L. Cool J 9
1990 Mama Said Knock You Out L.L. Cool J 5 6
1993 14 Shots to the Dome LL Cool J 3
1995 Mr. Smith LL Cool J 4
1996 All World LL Cool J 1
1997 Phenomenon LL Cool J 6
2000 G.O.A.T. (The Greatest of All Time) LL Cool J 4
2002 10 LL Cool J 2
2004 The DEFinition LL Cool J 1
2006 Todd Smith LL Cool J 1
2008 Exit 13 LL Cool J 2
2013 Authentic LL Cool J 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 All World LL Cool J 5 4
2009 All World 2 LL Cool J 1
2012 Icon: LL Cool J LL Cool J 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 I Need Love LL Cool J 1
1988 Going Back to Cali L.L. Cool J 2
1989 Big Ole Butt L.L. Cool J 2
1989 I’m That Type of Guy L.L. Cool J 2
1990 Jingling Baby L.L. Cool J 2
1990 Around the Way Girl LL Cool J 1
1991 Mama Said Knock You Out L.L. Cool J 1
1993 How I’m Comin’ LL Cool J 1
1996 Doin It LL Cool J 2
1996 Loungin’ LL Cool J 3
1996 Ain’t Nobody LL Cool J 2
1996 Hit 'em High (The Monstars' Anthem) B Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J & Method Man 5 2
1997 4, 3, 2, 1 LL Cool J 1
1997 Phenomenon LL Cool J 1
1998 Father LL Cool J 2
1998 Dear Mallika The Rapsody feat. LL Cool J 1
1998 Zoom Dr. Dre & LL Cool J 3 1
1999 Deepest Bluest (Shark’s Fin) LL Cool J 1
2001 Fatty Girl Ludacris, LL Cool J & Keith Murray 1
2002 Paradise LL Cool J 1
2003 All I Have Jennifer Lopez feat. LL Cool J 3
2004 Headsprung LL Cool J 1
2006 Control Myself (Remixes) LL Cool J 1
2006 Control Myself LL Cool J feat. Jennifer Lopez 3
2006 Bump This LL Cool J feat. Lloyd Banks & Hot Rod 1
2006 We’re Gonna Make It LL Cool J 1
2011 Killin 'Em Busta Rhymes feat. LL Cool J & Z‐Trip 1
2011 Year of the Hip Hop LL Cool J 1
2013 Whaddup LL Cool J 1
Shut'em down LL Cool J / Hole 1

Single + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 One Shot At Love LL Cool J 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Twelve Inch Mixes LL Cool J 1

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