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LL Cool J

voc, bvoc, *1968 US, Bay Shore, New York
of Hip-Hop/Rap
A.k.a. James Todd Smith

Born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, Ladies Love Cool James (LL Cool J) began his career in Queens, N.Y. when he was 16 years old, though he had been rapping since the age of nine. His grandfather bought him a mixing table and LL began to record tapes in his home. His father was Jimmy Nunya Inevitably, he sent his tapes to various record labels and finally interested Def Jam Productions. In 1984 they signed him and released his first single, "I Need A Beat." The single sold more than 100,000 copies and established LL Cool J in the rap industry. His debut album, I Can't Live Without My Radio, (which went platinum) was recorded in 1985 after LL left high school to pursue a career in music. 1987 marked the release of his second album Bigger and Deffer, which soared to the No. 3 spot on the pop charts with the help of the hit single, "I Need Love". LL's ability to intuitively combine rap and pop is his strong point, but at the same time it has cost him the respect of many rap fans who claimed he has a sold out. The successful single, "Goin' Back to Cali," appeared on the Less Than Zero soundtrack in 1988, further boosting his crossover popularity. In 1990 LL struck again with Mama Said Knock You Out, which marked him as a rap super-guru and pop deity. After this ascension, he starred in two movies and appeared and performed at the MTV Inaugural Ball in honor of President Clinton. He released 14 Shots to the Dome in 1993. LL returned to the studio to record the double platinum album Mr. Smith in 1995. Throughout the mid-90s, LL continued to branch out into acting, taking roles in films such as Woo, Halloween: H20, and the Oliver Stone football opus Any Given Sunday. During this time, he released All World: Greatest Hits (1996) and Phenomenon (1997), an album that did not do well commercially or critically as it appeared LL was more interested in Hollywood than the hip-hop scene. LL confirmed his attraction to acting over the next few years, taking a small part in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels and then scoring a starring role in the 2002 remake of Rollerball. In between, he found time to release G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time), a self-assured collection that highlighted LL’s classic lyrical flow and gave him some much-needed cred in the ever-changing rap landscape. With his 2002 release, 10, LL reaffirms the strength of his position in the popular culture of music. “I consider this disc to be a milestone in my life,” says LL Cool J. “A tenth album for anybody is truly an amazing moment.” While the world of hip-hop has not, historically, provided much stability or staying power for the artists that shaped it, LL Cool J has managed to take a stand within it, combining rap and pop influences that appeal to both realms.

  • Vocals
  • Backing Vocals
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Electronic
  • R&B/Soul

Title Artist Year Type
Live In Maine (Colby College 1985)LL Cool J2016Album
Trip To Your Heart / Mama Said Knock You OutSly & The Family Stone / LL Cool J2015Single
Walking With A PantherLL Cool J2014Album
AuthenticLL Cool J2013Album
IconLL Cool J2012Compil.
Year Of The Hip HopK-Def Featuring LL Cool J2011Album
LL Cool JLL Cool J2010Compil.
LLovely DayLL Cool J2010Single
UntitledLL Cool J2010Album
All World 2LL Cool J2009Compil.
New York GangstasLL Cool J2008Single
The Return Of The G.O.A.T - Greatest Of All Time!LL Cool J2008Compil.
SweetLL Cool J2008Compil.
CryLL Cool J2008Album
BabyLL Cool J Feat The-Dream2008Album
The 5 BoroughsLL Cool J Feat. Jim Jones, Method Man, KRS-One, Lil' Kim2008Album
Exit 13LL Cool J2008Album
Headsprung (Drum'n'Bass Remixes)LL Cool J2007Album
Rap NationLL Cool J2006Compil.
FreezeLL Cool J2006Album
Bump ThisLL Cool J2006Album
We're Gonna Make ItLL Cool J Featuring Mary Mary2006Single
MP3 CollectionLL Cool J2006Compil.
Control MyselfLL Cool J Featuring Jennifer Lopez2006Single
LL Cool J EditionLL Cool J2006Album
Todd SmithLL Cool J2006Album
Todd Smith Album SamplerLL Cool J2006Album
Make It Hot / LounginLL Cool J2005Album
It's LL And Santana / What You WantLL Cool J2005Album
HushLL Cool J Featuring 7 Aurelius2005Single
It's LL And SantanaLL Cool J Featuring Juelz Santana2005Album
HeadsprungLL Cool J2004Album
The DefinitionLL Cool J2004Album
Greatest Of All Time (Ray Keith Remixes)LL Cool J2004Album
Rock The BellsLL Cool J2004Album
Hush / The TruthLL Cool J2004Album
Phenomena (Breaks Remix)LL Cool J2004Single
Booming System / Jingling Baby (E Double Remix)LL Cool J2003Album
All I HaveJennifer Lopez Featuring LL Cool J2003Single
She IsCarl Thomas Feat. LL Cool J2003Single
I Shot Ya (Tropical Sprite Remix)LL Cool J2003Album
Whassup ShawtyTrackmasters Featuring LL Cool J, Duchess, XSO Drive2003Single
The Streetz / AmazinThe Lox / LL Cool J Introducing Kandice Love2003Album
ParadiseLL Cool J Feat. Amerie2003Single
Luv U BetterLL Cool J2002Single
Amazin'LL Cool J Introducing Kandice Love2002Single
Work ItMissy Elliott, LL Cool J2002Single
ParadiseLL Cool J Feat. Amerie2002Album
The Supa Phat Sampler For The ClubsLL Cool J2002Album
10LL Cool J2002Album
10 Advance MusicLL Cool J2002Album
Paradise / After SchoolLL Cool J2002Album
Put Your Hands UpViolator Featuring LL Cool J2001Album
You And Me / FuhgidabowditLL Cool J2001Album
Blink BlinkLL Cool J + Spax2001Album
Fatty GirlLudacris, LL Cool J, Keith Murray2001Album
Imagine That / LL Cool JLL Cool J2000Album
You And MeLL Cool J2000Single
Shut 'Em Down / Be A Man (Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture Any Given Sunday)LL Cool J / Hole2000Single
G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All TimeLL Cool J2000Album
Shut 'Em DownLL Cool J2000Album
G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time (Exclusive Album Sampler)LL Cool J2000Album
Take It Off / Back Where I BelongLL Cool J2000Album
Deepest BluestLL Cool J1999Single
Say WhatViolator Featuring LL Cool J1999Single
Dear MallikaThe Rapsody Feat. LL Cool J1998Single
Hot, Hot, HotLL Cool J1998Single
No QuestionAllure Featuring LL Cool J1998Single
ZoomDr. Dre & LL Cool J1998Single
The Ripper Strikes BackLL Cool J1998Album
I Make My Own RulesLL Cool J With Flea, Dave Navarro And Chad Smith1997Single
CandyLL Cool J1997Album
PhenomenonLL Cool J1997Album
PhenomenonLL Cool J1997Album
4,3,2,1LL Cool J1997Album
Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)B-Real, Busta Rhymes, Coolio, LL Cool J & Method Man1997Single
FatherLL Cool J1997Single
Candy / FatherLL Cool J1997Single
Phenomenon Radio SpecialLL Cool J1997Album
All World - Radio SamplerLL Cool J1996Album
'Double L' Cools DownLL Cool J1996Album
Sittin' Up In My Room (Remix)Brandy Featuring LL Cool J1996Album
LounginLL Cool J1996Single
All WorldLL Cool J1996Compil.
Doin ItLL Cool J1996Single
Phat ClassicsLL Cool J1996Compil.
Ain't Nobody / Pimp'n Ain't EzLL Cool J / Madd Head1996Album
Ain't NobodyLL Cool J1996Single
I Need Love / Mama Said Knock You OutLL Cool J1996Single
Mr. SmithLL Cool J1995Album
Interview CDLL Cool J1995Album
The Life... / No AirplayLL Cool J1995Album
Papa Luv It / Everyday It RainsLL Cool J / Mary J. Blige1995Album
Hey LoverLL Cool J1995Single
Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag Getting Crushed By BuildingsLL Cool J1993Album
Twelve Inch MixesLL Cool J1993Single
Stand By Your ManLL Cool J1993Album
How I'm Comin'LL Cool J1993Album
14 Shots To The DomeLL Cool J1993Album
Mama Said Knock You OutLL Cool J1991Single
Beastie Boys - L.L. Cool JBeastie Boys - LL Cool J1991Compil.
Strictly BusinessLL Cool J1991Album
Love At First Sight / Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad WolfIvana Spagna / LL Cool J1991Single
Future Of The FunkLL Cool J1991Album
Whose Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?LL Cool J1991Single
6 Minutes Of PleasureLL Cool J1991Single
Heal YourselfH.E.A.L. Human Education Against Lies / MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, KRS-One, Ms. Melodie, Run-DMC, Jam Master Jay, Harmony, Kid Capri, Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Freddie Foxxx1991Album
Hey Lover / Freek 'N' You (Mr Dalvin Mix)LL Cool J / Jodeci1990Album
The Boomin' SystemLL Cool J1990Album
Mama Said Knock You OutLL Cool J1990Album
Around The Way Girl / Mama Said Knock You OutLL Cool J1990Single
To Da Break Of DawnLL Cool J1990Album
Around The Way GirlLL Cool J1990Single
UntitledLL Cool J / Beastie Boys1990Compil.
I'm That Type Of GuyLL Cool J1989Album
Change Your WaysLL Cool J1989Single
Jingling BabyLL Cool J1989Single
One Shot At LoveLL Cool J1989Single
Walking With A PantherLL Cool J1989Album
Big Ole Butt / One Shot At LoveLL Cool J1989Album
Clap Your Hands (The Mixbuster Mix)LL Cool J1989Album
Going Back To Cali / Jack The Ripper / Bring The Noise / SophisticatedLL Cool J / Public Enemy1988Album
Rub My BackLL Cool J1988Album
Going Back To CaliLL Cool J1988Single
I Need LoveLL Cool J1987Single
Bigger And Deffer (BAD)LL Cool J1987Album
I Need Love / FaithLL Cool J / George Michael1987Single
Go Cut Creator GoLL Cool J1987Album
I'm Bad / Get DownLL Cool J1987Single
Bigger & Deffer / It's ReddLL Cool J / Redd1987Album
I Can't Live Without My Radio / You'll Rock (Remix)LL Cool J1986Album
Rock The BellsLL Cool J1985Album
RadioLL Cool J1985Album
I Can Give You More / I Can't Live Without My RadioLL Cool J1985Album
I Want You / DangerousLL Cool J1985Album
You'll Rock (Remix) / I Need A BeatLL Cool J1985Album
I Need A BeatLL Cool J1984Album
Treat 'Em Right / Going Back To Cali / My MelodyLL Cool J, Eric B. & RakimCompil.
Legends Volume FiveJ-Love Presents LL Cool JCompil.
Mama Said Knock You Out - Marley Marl RemixLL Cool JAlbum
All My Love / ParadiseJennifer Lopez / LL Cool J / AmerieSingle
Old School Hip-Hop ClassicsLL Cool JAlbum
Club ClassicsOl' Dirty Bastard / LL Cool JAlbum
"Untitled"LL Cool JCompil.
10 Million Stars / Fresh From Yard / BossmanLL Cool J / Beenie ManAlbum
Always On Time / Fatty GirlJa Rule feat. Ashanti / Ludacris & LL Cool JSingle
Double Def 12"LL Cool J / Beastie BoysAlbum
What You WantLL Cool J Feat. FreewayAlbum
Thug Nature / You & Me2Pac / LL Cool JAlbum
Work It Out / Fa HaBeyoncé / LL Cool JAlbum
2in1 Mp3Gorillaz, LL Cool JCompil.
Free / Take It OffMya / LL Cool JAlbum
Everything Remains Raw / I Shot YaBusta Rhymes / LL Cool JAlbum
Rasta ImposterLL Cool JAlbum
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