LL Cool J
LL Cool J, born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, is a legendary rapper and actor from Queens, N.Y. He began his rap career at the age of nine and caught the attention of Def Jam Productions in 1984. His debut single "I Need A Beat" sold over 100,000 copies and established him as a force in the rap industry. LL's ability to seamlessly blend rap and pop has made him a standout artist. Despite criticism from some fans, he continued to achieve success with hits like "I Need Love" and "Goin' Back to Cali." LL also ventured into acting, starring in films such as Woo and Any Given Sunday.
In the mid-90s, LL released albums like All World: Greatest Hits and Phenomenon while pursuing his passion for acting. He appeared in movies like Halloween: H20 and Charlie's Angels before landing a leading role in the remake of Rollerball. However, he never strayed far from his musical roots and released G.O.A.T (Greatest of All Time), showcasing his classic lyrical flow.
With his tenth album release titled 10 in 2002, LL reaffirmed his position as an influential figure in both hip-hop and pop culture. His ability to appeal to both realms through his unique style has solidified his place within the music industry. Similar artists include Big Daddy Kane, Digital Underground, Naughty By Nature, Run-D