Who is LL Cool J and what is his net worth 2018? LL Cool J is a rapper who has produced several hits in his career. He is also an entrepreneur, author, and actor. He has given hits like “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”, “The Boomin’ System”, “Mama Said Knock You Out”, “Rock The Bells”, and “I’m Bad”. He has also performed other ballads and has released 13 studio albums and 2 compilation albums. LL Cool J has appeared in films like ‘Mindhunters’, ‘Any Given Sunday’, ‘Edison’, ‘S.W.A.T.’, and ‘In Too Deep’. He is currently starring in ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ on CBS.
James Todd Smith popularly known as LL Cool J was born in Bay Shore, New York on January 14, 1968. He was born to parents James Louis Smith, Jr. and Ondrea Griffeth. He started rapping when he was 9. He was influenced by the group called ‘The Treacherous Three’. The initial of his name “LL Cool J” stands for Ladies Love Cool James.
His grandfather was a saxophonist and brought him amplifier, two turntables, and an audio mixer. In 1984, he released his first record called ‘I Need a Beat’ with Def Jam. His debut single helped him to establish as a rapper and to Def Jam as a label by selling over 100,000 copies. The following year, he signed a distribution deal with Columbia Records.
LL Cool J is set to become the first rapper in the Kennedy Center Honors. In 1995, he married Simone Smith. They have four children together namely Nina Simone Smith, Najee Laurent Todd Eugene Smith, Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith, and Italia Anita Maria Smith. For his community work, he was conferred with the Source Foundation Image Award.
In 1985, James released his album ‘Radio’ and it was a commercial success. It went to sell over 1 million units by 1988. It also peaked at #6 at the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. His second album ‘Bigger and Deffer’ produced by DJ Pooh was released in 1987. It sold over 3 million units in the US alone and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard’s Pop albums chart.
The album also featured the track “I Need Love” which his first No. 1 R&B. In 1989, he released his third album called ‘Walking with a Panther’. The album included the singles “Going Back to Cali”, “One Shot at Love”, “I’m That Type of Guy”, and “Big Ole Butt”. James’s fourth album called ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ was released in 1990.
It was then followed by another album called ‘14 Shots to the Dome’. In 1995, he appeared in NBC’s ‘In the House’ and in the same year he released ‘Mr. Smith’. Two years later, he released another album called ‘Phenomenon’. This was followed by ‘G.O.A.T’ in 2000. He also appeared in the 1999 film ‘Deep Blue Sea’. He collaborated with other artists and released the album ‘Todd Smith’ in April 2006. In 2012, he released ‘Authentic’ and in 2015 ‘G.O.A.T. 2’ was released. He hosted ‘Lip Sync Battle’ in April 2015.
LL Cool J has won two Grammy Awards out of nine nominations. He has also won 2 MTV Video Music Awards out of 4 nominations. He has also won 4 NAACP Image Awards and several other music awards. His acting awards include 2 Primetime Emmy nominations and are the winner of 2013 Teen Choice Awards.
LL Cool J Net Worth
LL Cool J has sold many records and has given many platinum certified albums. He has also successfully appeared in various films and TV series. By doing so, the rapper has gone on to accumulate good wealth for him. LL Cool J’s net worth is an estimated $120 million. He has also collaborated with other artists in his many singles.
James has also authored four books in his career. In 1993, he started his own music label called Power Of God (P.O.G.). He is also the owner of the company ‘Rock The Bells’. LL Cool J has hosted three Grammy Awards starting from 2014 to 2016.
In 2016, LL Cool J was given a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was conferred with the honorary Doctor of Arts by the Northeastern University.