LL Cool J Biography

LL Cool J is the stage name or rapper pseudonym of one James Todd Smith. The name actually stands for Ladies Love Cool James. Besides being a notable rapper who has emerged as the father of pop rap he is also a prominent figure in the entertainment industry. He is both an actor, author and entrepreneur and has managed to further his legacy in various and numerous ways.

LL Cool J has had a total of 13 studio albums in his career and two greatest hits compilations. His debut album came out all the way back in 1985 titled “Radio.” Most of his albums were produced by the famous record label Def Jam Recordings, with his overall twelfth album “Exit 13” in 2008 being the last one in the line for his long tenured record company. But after that LL Cool J came back with his currently last album titled “Authentic” which was released in 2013. He will always be remembered by a multitude of great songs which include “I Can’t Live Without my Radio,” “The Booming System,” “Mama Said Knock Your Out,” “I’m Bad,” but also for his many ballads like “I Need Love,” “Doin’ It.” “Hey Lover” and “Around the Way Girl.”


LL Cool J (old photo)

LL Cool J also found the time to further his acting career and has appeared in a lot of movies. His IMDB credit is as long as his track record. Some movies which made him popular include mostly action flicks like “In Too Deep” (1999), “Any Given Sunday” (1999), “S.W.A.T.” (2003), “Minehunters” (2004) and “Edison” (2005). LL Cool J also made it on TV and was cast in various TV shows. He is currently staring as Agent Sam Hanna on “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” and also guess star appearing on “Hawaii Five-O.” He is also the host of “Lip Sync Battle” since 2015.

Net Worth and Salary

It is astounding that LL Cool J has managed to make better earnings than some more people celebrities than himself. But being in the public’s eye came easy for him and it was the reason why he managed to get the great income that he has now. He was really smart with his ventures and both his music and acting has proven to be lucrative for him. Thus the net worth of LL Cool J is valued at 100 million dollars.

Partner and Family


LL Cool J with wife and children

Before settling down with his wife Simone Smith, LL Cool J used to date and had some affairs in his life. One of them is a relationship which he had with Kidada Jones, the daughter of Quincy Jones. Before that it was speculated that he also used to date Karrine Steffas, a former model. But this was never confirmed officially as she only stated it in her autobiography. LL Cool J actually met Simone when he was only 19 years old. He actually proposed to her while on stage performing “I Need Love.” Simone gave birth to their first child in 1990 and they named their son Najee, while their daughter was born in 1995 and was named Italia. They also had two more druthers later on which are named Samaia and Nina Simone. In 2004 Simone was actually diagnosed with a form of cancer, but she managed to overcome this obstacle and survive the situation.

LL Cool J Age

LL Cool J was born as James Tod Smith on January 14, 1968 in Bay Shore, New York. He is currently 49 years old. His mother is Ondrea Griffeth and his father is James Louis Smith, Jr. It was later revealed that his mother was adopted by Eugene Griffith and Ellen Hightower which led to the revelation of LL’s biological grandparents being Ethel Mae Jolly and Nathaniel Christy Lewis.


LL Cool J and his wife Simone Smith

Height and Weight

LL Cool J may be in his middle ages and has lost the sexiness that once endowed him, but he still looks as good as he can for his age. He was once considered a very attractive man by many women and they were all eager to get him. His current height is 6 ft 1½ in or 187 cm and eh weighs 96 kg or 212 lbs.

Is LL Cool J Gay?

It was never for a second disputed that LL Cool J was gay. He has always been sentimental with his songs and wore his heart on his sleeve in some cases but he was never ever been reported to be gay. On the other hand he is considered to be quite a ladies’ man and although we do not have the entire account of his dating record, it is probably long.


LL Cool J

LL Cool J Nationality and Ethnicity

LL Cool J is born and raised in America and it makes his nationality American while he belongs to the African American ethnic group.

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Born:,January 14 1968
Ethnicity:,African American
Profession:,Rapper and Actor
Net Worth:,$ 100 million
Hair Color:,Black
Eye Color:,Dark brown
Height:,6 ft 1½ in or 187 cm
Weight:,96 kg or 212 lbs
Married to:,Simone Smith
Affair with:,N/A
Birth Sign:,Capricorn

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