James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J is one of the accomplished hip-hop artist credited for popularizing hip-hop music. LL Cool J also doubles up as an actor and an entrepreneur. His versatility has been shown with his performances I various films and TV shows. In addition to this, his entrepreneurship has led him to start his own record company as well as a clothing line. LL Cool J’s illustrious musical and acting career has seen him collect various awards, which include two Grammy awards.
- 1 Quick Biography
- 2 Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
- 3 Education, School/College University
- 4 Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion & Political Views
- 5 Married, Relationship, Dating, Affair, Girlfriend, Wife, Children
- 6 Professional life and career
- 7 Awards & Nominations
- 8 LL Cool J Net Worth, Income & Salary In 2021
- 9 Rumors and Controversy/Scandal
- 10 Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
James Todd Smith, also known as “LL Cool J,” was born on the 14th of January, 1968, in Long Island, New York. His parents were James and Ondrea Smith. Though his childhood was a very tough one with an incident of domestic violence, Todd managed to carve a niche for himself in the entertainment industry both as a rapper and an actor.
|Full Name/Real Name:||James Todd Smith|
|Age:||53 years old|
|Birth Date:||January 14th, 1968|
|Birth Place:||Long Island, New York|
|Parents:||James and Ondrea Smith|
|Spouse:||Simone Smith (m. 1995)|
|Children:||Najee Laurent Todd Eugene Smith, Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith, Nina Simone Smith, Italia Anita Maria Smith|
|Profession:||Rapper, record producer, actor, author and entrepreneur|
|Net Worth in 2021:||$150 million|
Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
Having been born on January 14th, 1968, LL Cool J is currently 53 years old. LL Cool J stands at 1.87 m and weighs approximately 96 kg. LL Cool J spots a typically bald head, and he has Brown eyes.
Education, School/College University
Before venturing into music, LL Cool J attended Hillcrest high school and later joined North-eastern University. It was while at North-eastern University that LL Cool J had to drop out in order to concentrate on his musical career.
Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion & Political Views
LL Cool J’s parents were James and Ondrea Smith and had two half-siblings. He is an American citizen of Afro – American descent. LL Cool J is a Christian, devout Methodist as such. Politically, LL Cool J affiliates himself with the Republican Party.
Married, Relationship, Dating, Affair, Girlfriend, Wife, Children
LL Cool J is married to Simone Smith. The couple was married in 1995 and had four children Najee, Italia, Samaria, and Nina.
|Marital status? (single, married, in relation or divorced):||Married|
|When did he get married? (married date):||7 August 1995|
|Does he have any relationship affair?||No|
|Is LL Cool J Gay?||No|
|Wife/Spouse? (name):||Simone Smith|
|Kids:||Najee Laurent Todd Eugene Smith, Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith, Nina Simone Smith, Italia Anita Maria Smith|
Professional life and career
James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J started his musical career at a tender age of 16 years. LL Cool J’s first single in which he collaborated with Rick Rubin titled ‘I Need a Beat’ impressed Russell Simmons, who was an artist manager. As a result of his success in the music industry, LL Cool J had to drop out of school to concentrate his efforts towards the release of his first album Radio, which was released in 1985.
This album was a success with sales of over 1.5 million copies, which boosted his confidence in music. Besides this, LL also ventured into acting in 1985, where he appeared in the film Krush Groove’. In 1987, LL Cool J released his second album ‘Bigger and Deffer which was a success hitting the number one spot on Billboard’s R&B charts for 11 weeks and selling well over 3 million copies.
This was followed up by the album ‘Walking with a Panther’ released in 1987, which received mixed reactions due to “soft songs.” In reaction to this, LL Cool J released a high energy album titled Mama said Knock You Out’ which is one of his most successful ones to date with sales of about 2.7 million copies.
In addition to this, the album ‘Mama said Knock You Out,’ propelled LL Cool J into the acting arena as he got roles in the films The Hard Way’ and ‘Toys.’ In 1995, LL started his own music label Power of God (P.O.G) and a music production company, Rock The Bells. LL Cool J’s Next musical album was released in 1995 titled ‘Mr., Smith,’ which saw him winning a Grammy award while selling over 2 million copies.
In the year 2000, LL, Cool J released the album was ‘Greatest of All Time’ followed by ‘Def Jam Recordings’ in 2008. As for his acting career, LL continued to feature I a number of films and TV shows like Kingdom Come’, ‘Deliver Us from Eva,’ ‘S.W.A.T.,’’ Last Holiday’ and ‘Slow Burn.’
Awards & Nominations
During his career, LL Cool J has collected several awards, which include Grammy Awards for the best rap solo performance in 1992 and 1997. In addition, LL Cool J won an MTV Music Award in 1991 for Best Rap Video. In 2000, LL Cool J won a ‘Blockbuster Entertainment Award’ as a Supporting Actor in the film ‘Deep Blue Sea.’
LL Cool J Net Worth, Income & Salary In 2021
As a result of success in his music, acting career as well as his enterprises, LL Cool J’s net worth is estimated at $150 million as of April 2021.
Rumors and Controversy/Scandal
Though LL Cool J has always strived to steer away from controversies and scandals, there have been rumors that LL Cool J engaged in sexual relations with Toni Newman, who is transsexual. In reaction to this, LL has refuted these claims referring to them as pure comedy on Toni’s part.
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
LL Cool J Facebook page has around 4.2 million fan likes, and his Twitter account has around 5 million followers. On his Instagram account, LL Cool J has around 1.7 million followers, while on YouTube, LL Cool J has around 303,602 subscribers.
Though LL Cool J’s childhood had its fair share of troubles, this did not stand in his way to become a household name in the entertainment industry. Through sheer hard work and determination, LL Cool J has been able to excel in whichever field he engaged in portraying his versatility while earning a fortune at the same time.