LL Cool J

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LL Cool J Gender: M
James Todd Smith
born on 14 January 1968 at 20:46 (= 8:46 PM )
Place Bay Shore, New York, 40n44, 73w15
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 23°58' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 16°49 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 11°39'

LL Cool J
photo: G. M. Ireneo Alessi, cropped, license cc-by-sa-2.0


American rapper known as Ladies Love Cool James. Even as a kid, he had a sense of style and literally set the tone for the hip-hop look. At 16, he burst on the music scene in his Kangol hat, baggy jeans and gold chains, a style he picked up from street hustlers.

By 1997 he had six platinum rap albums out, including "Mama Said Knock You Out," and starred in the UPN sitcom "In The House." The Grammy-winning rapper hit it big in 1986 with "I Can't Live Without my Radio."

A troubled teen in Queens, James saw his dad shoot his mom and granddad. He credits his grandmother with setting him on the right track. He married Simone; four kids.

In 1990, he played a cop in the film, "The Hard Way." Still doing rap, he had a collection of more than 3,000 caps by 2001. Sex and violence continued to plague his life with live appearances in particular beset by many problems. Three people were shot at a date in Baltimore in December 1985, followed by an accusation of "public lewdness" after a 1987 show in Columbus, Ohio.

While playing rap's first concert in Cote d'Ivoire, Africa, fights broke out and the stage was stormed. Most serious, however, was an incident in 1989 when singer David Parker, bodyguard Christopher Tsipouras and technician Gary Saunders were accused of raping a 15-year-old girl who attended a backstage party after winning a radio competition in Minneapolis.

Though LL Cool J's personal involvement in all these cases was incidental, they undoubtedly tarnished his reputation. He has done much to make amends, including appearances at benefits including Farm Aid, recording with the Peace Choir, and launching his Cool School Video Program, in an attempt to encourage children to stay at school. Even Nancy Reagan invited him to headline a "Just Say No" concert at Radio City Music Hall.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Lopez, Jennifer (born 24 July 1969). Notes: collaborators
  • business associate/partner relationship with Teigen, Chrissy (born 30 November 1985). Notes: Co-host of "Lip Sync Battle"


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1986 (Noted song "I Can't Live Without my Radio")
  • Work : Gain social status 1997 (Had accomplished six platinum albums)

Source Notes

Basil Fearrington quotes the biography "Phenomenon."

Frank Clifford quotes his autobiography, "I Make My Own Rules," p.11.


  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Saw his dad shoot mom, granddad)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Four)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (About 3,000 caps)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Noted rap artist)
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy