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LL Cool J

Hip-hop is notorious for short-lived careers, but LL Cool J is the inevitable exception that proves the rule. Releasing his first hit, "I Can't Live Without My Radio," in 1985 when he was just 17 years old, LL initially was a hard-hitting, streetwise b-boy with spare beats and ballistic rhymes. He quickly developed an alternate style, a romantic -- and occasionally sappy -- lover's rap epitomized by his mainstream breakthrough single, "I Need Love." LL's first two albums, Radio and Bigger and Deffer, made him a star, but he strived for pop stardom a little too much on 1989's Walking with a Panther. By 1990, his audience had declined somewhat, since his ballads and party raps were the opposite of the chaotic, edgy political hip-hop of Public Enemy or the gangsta rap of N.W.A, but he shot back to the top of the charts with Mama Said Knock You Out, which established him as one of hip-hop's genuine superstars. By the mid-'90s, he had starred in his own television sitcom, In the House, appeared in several films, and had racked up two of his biggest singles with "Hey Lover" and "Doin' It." In short, he had proven that rappers could have long-term careers.

Of course, that didn't seem likely when he came storming out of Queens, New York, when he was 16 years old. LL Cool J (born James Todd Smith; his stage name is an acronym for "Ladies Love Cool James") had already been rapping since the age of nine. Two years later, his grandfather -- he had been living with his grandparents since his parents divorced when he was four -- gave him a DJ system and he began making tapes at home. Eventually, he sent these demo tapes to record companies, attracting the interest of Def Jam, a fledgling label run by New York University students Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. Def Jam signed LL and released his debut, "I Need a Beat," as their first single in 1984. The record sold over 100,000 copies, establishing both the label and the rapper. LL dropped out of high school and recorded his debut album, Radio. Released in 1985, Radio was a major hit and it earned considerable praise for how it shaped raps into recognizable pop-song structures. On the strength of "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "Rock the Bells," the album went platinum in 1986. The following year, his second album, Bigger and Deffer, shot to number three due to the ballad "I Need Love," which became one of the first pop-rap crossover hits.

LL's knack for making hip-hop as accessible as pop was one of his greatest talents, yet it was also a weakness, since it opened him up to accusations of being a sellout. Taken from the Less Than Zero soundtrack, 1988's "Goin' Back to Cali" walked the line with ease, but 1989's Walking with a Panther was not greeted warmly by most hip-hop fans. Although it was a Top Ten hit and spawned the gold single "I'm That Type of Guy," the album was perceived as a pop sell-out effort, and on a supporting concert at the Apollo, he was booed. LL didn't take the criticism lying down -- he struck back with 1990's Mama Said Knock You Out, the hardest record he ever made. LL supported the album with a legendary, live acoustic performance on MTV Unplugged, and on the strength of the Top Ten R&B singles "The Boomin' System" and "Around the Way Girl" (number nine, pop) as well as the hit title track, Mama Said Knock You Out became his biggest-selling album, establishing him as a pop star in addition to a rap superstar. He soon landed roles in the films The Hard Way (1991) and Toys (1992), and he also performed at Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration in 1993. Mama Said Knock You Out kept him so busy that he didn't deliver the follow-up, 14 Shots to the Dome, until the spring of 1993. Boasting a harder gangsta rap edge, 14 Shots initially sold well, debuting in the Top Ten, but it was an unfocused effort that generated no significant hit singles. Consequently, it stalled at gold status and hurt his reputation considerably.

Following the failure of 14 Shots to the Dome, LL began starring in the NBC sitcom In the House. He returned to recording in 1995, releasing Mr. Smith toward the end of the year. Unexpectedly, Mr. Smith became a huge hit, going double platinum and launching two of his biggest hits, with the Boyz II Men duet "Hey Lover" and "Doin' It." At the end of 1996, he released the greatest-hits album All World, while Phenomenon appeared one year later. G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith: The Greatest of All Time, released in 2000, reached the top of the album charts, and 2002's 10 featured one of his biggest hits in years, "Luv U Better." With the help of producer Timbaland, he unleashed the tough DEFinition album in 2004 as his James Todd Smith clothing line was hitting the malls. "Control Myself," a hit single featuring Jennifer Lopez, prefaced 2006's Todd Smith album. His 2008 effort Exit 13 would be his last album for Def Jam as the rapper found work as a primetime television star, landing a starring role on CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles. In 2013 he returned to recording, first making news with the track "Accidental Racist," his much-maligned duet with country star Brad Paisley. Another Paisley duet landed on LL's 2013 album Authentic, a star-studded effort with Eddie Van Halen, Snoop Dogg, and Charlie Wilson also appearing as guests. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

LL is all world
Just one of those days
My jam fasho...
Ladies Love James Todd and the fellas wanted to be L! Timeless and a pioneer in the game. Hail hail to the G.O.A.T. !
I'm BAD
I'm going back to Cali I don't think so!
Can't never go wrong with ju cool j ♥♥♥♥♥♥
ladyinred116 5
LLCoolJ is 'Authentic' and the most down to earth! Met him while he was filming in Downtown L.A. and asked him to take a pix with me and he did! That was soooo cool! He made my day! :)
He old as hell and still sexy af lol
Real freaks music!
I lov his song '' doin it ''
Don't read this because it actually works . You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.tomorro w will be the best day of your life . However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters . This is so scary because it actually works.
I love me some LL Cool J because his music stands the test of time, and he knows how to bring us that hardcore rap and then how to bring us that softer side of him. That is why LL is one of the best rappers there is and that is why he will always be one of my favorites.
mrcarter2474
LL s A animal cool Moe Dee is the BEAST!!!!!
IM BAD ! ROCK THE BELLS ! STOP PLAYN !
Look at LL trying som new I like the beat doe
headsprung!< 3
Big Ole Butt... Still mad 20+ years later b/c I still can't sing this song and make reference to my butt!! Womp Womp!!
The 80s of bass still rock in on me
Ilove his song
Goin Back To Cali...88 prom...first love...great memories
watup everybody
Hey Lover
chiza
My paycheck's exact like rack and pinion in a jag
You try to brag
You get your rhymes from a grab bag
(best line, can't believe I remember it)
Is this pharrell singing the hook
LADY LOOOOOOVVVVE E E E E ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Love LL.....
O-M-G! This takes me back to SacTown. When I was a girl not yet a woman, I had this OBSESSION with LL Cool J. His posters covered my wall. I look at him today, and I think, really?
Man these were tha dayz....back when the d.j. was the bigger star..
♪♪♪♪♪♪ Queens, New York!!!!!!!! !
I mess my x because of this song. I played this song when we first got together. We was both riding in my car going to school.
gusdlgarza
Michael j Fox the man of my dreams
Cool J brung a new level of hardcore rap or gangsta level to Def jam back then. So he will always be one of the best and legend for all time
G O A T
Awwww I'm bad!!!
Love her
I got this one the best old school love songs ever made never gets old dope everything luv
My favorite rap artist, got all off his albums (cassettes & cd's). Rock da bells.
This freaked me out. This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be kissed or asked out. If you break this chain, you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
Mamma said knock you out
haha
It get no rougher is one of cool j nicest joints period!
Forgot about a bad a** appearance on House. My all time favorite episode. LL made the message in that episode resonate.
I'm the pinnacle, that means I reign supreme, I'm notorious, ill crush you like a jelly bean- cant believe I remember all the lyrics; haven't heard this some in over 20 years!


dickenl

Kiss ur left hand
Say ur crushes name
Close hand
say a school day
Say ur name
open hand
Look at it
Then post this on 15 different songs and then ur crush will ask u out



dickenl

Kiss ur left hand
Say ur crushes name
Close hand
say a school day
Say ur name
open hand
Look at it
Then post this on 15 different songs and then ur crush will ask u out

gusdlgarza
I love the hard way nick lane as michael j fox he's so so so so so so cute and I love that movie michael j fox is the best actor ever in the 90s and 80s I love you michael j fox who had Parkinson's disease in 1991 which was 22 years ago and I love his new show the Michael j Fox show is so awesome
It was able to keep it real back then!!!!!
On the ballot this year. Fan poll is up.
vic_dlg
Michael j Fox I love the hard way he was so hot on that movie that movie came out in 1991 love him on that movie
10chadfoya
Doin the WOP!
The Booming System... back in the day when we first heard this song we were like, Oh snap have you heard LL's new joint? That LL joint is on the 1!!
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