Happy Birthday LL Cool J

 

Happy Birthday to Hiphop Legend LL Cool J

 

James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), better known as LL Cool J  (abbreviation forLadies 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“. He has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations, including 2008′s Exit 13, the last for his record deal with Def Jam Recordings. He has also appeared in numerous films, and currently stars as NCISSpecial Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles.

As he grew older, Todd found a way to escape the effects of his abuse and his bullying attitude: hip-hop music. He fell in love with it at the age of nine, and by 11 he was writing lyrics and making his own songs with some DJ equipment his grandmother gave him to stop him riding motorcycles or doing karate.

Influenced by Grandmaster FlashAfrika Bambaataa, funk legend Rick JamesKurtis Blow, and pioneers Run-DMC, LL started to create his own rap style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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