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LL Cool J

LL Cool J in 2010.
Personal information
Birth nameJames Todd Smith
Also known asL.L. Cool J, Ladies Love Cool James, Luv, Cool J, LL, The G.O.A.T., Jack the Ripper, Mr. Smith, Uncle LL
GenresHip hop
InstrumentsVocals, turntables
Years active1984 present
LabelsDef Jam, Violator
Associated actsL.A. Posse, Kool Moe Dee, Timbaland, G-Unit, Backstreet Boys, Young MC, DMX

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James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), better known as LL Cool J (abbreviation for Ladies Love Cool James), is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and actor. 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 NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna on the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles.

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