LL Cool J is an American rapper who has released a number of hit singles in his career. He also works as an entrepreneur, actor, and author. He is known for the singles “I’m Bad”, “Mama Said Knock You Out”, and “Rock the Bells”. LL Cool J has starred in many movies like ‘Edison’, ‘In Too Deep’, and ‘Mindhunters’. Here is a quick summary of LL Cool J’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
LL Cool J Early Life
James Todd Smith, better known as “LL Cool J”, was born on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, New York. He is the son of James Louis Smith, Jr. and Ondrea Griffeth.
He started rapping when he was nine years old and began making demo tapes when he was 16 years old. The abbreviation “LL Cool J” stands as Ladies Love Cool James.
In 1995, LL Cool J got married to Simone Smith. The couple has four children named Nina Simone, Najee Laurent Todd Eugene, Samaria Leah Wisdom, and Italia Anita Maria.
He has achieved many milestones in his career and is one of the first rappers to open for the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. He has appeared in the show American Bandstand.
LL Cool J Career, Awards & Achievement
In 1985, LL Cool J released his debut album called ‘Radio’. It went onto become a platinum album. Two years later, he released another album called ‘Bigger and Deffer’. The album became a multi-platinum certified album.
He released ‘Walking with a Panther’ in June 1989. This was followed by ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ in 1990. In the 1990s, he released the albums ’14 Shots to the Dome’, ‘Mr. Smith’, and ‘Phenomenon.
His albums from the 2000s include ‘G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time)’, ‘10’, ‘The DEFinition’, ‘Todd Smith’, and ‘Exit 13’. In 2013, LL Cool J released the album ‘Authentic’. He is scheduled to release an untitled album in 2018. Additionally, he has also released two compilation albums and 59 singles.
Some of the popular singles of the rapper include “I’m That Type of Guy”, “I Need Love”, “Going Back to Cali”, “Hey Lover”, “Loungin”, “Father”, “Luv U Better”, and “The Hustler”.
He has also appeared as a featured artist for many other artists like Babyface, Ludacris, Jennifer Lopez, and Brad Paisley. He has also appeared in films like ‘Krush Groove’, ‘Toys’, ‘Halloween H20’, ‘Deep Blue Sea’, ‘S.W.A.T.’, and ‘Last Holiday’, ‘Deliver Us from Eva’.
Awards & Achievements
In 2007, LL Cool J was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. He has won 2 Grammy Awards from 9 nominations. He has also won two MTV Video Music Awards from four nominations and is the winner of eight NAACP Image Awards. He has won three Soul Train Music Awards and is the winner of the Blockbuster Entertainment Award in 2000. In 2013, he won the Teen Choice Award and has received four nominations from the Primetime Emmys.
Net Worth of LL Cool J
LL Cool J’s estimated net worth is more than $125 million. This fortune comes by releasing a number of albums and singles in his career. He has also appeared in films and television shows. His television credits include ‘’Lip Sync Battle’, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’, ‘30 Rock’, and ‘Sesame Street’. He has worked for the sportswear line called ‘TROOP’. He has also written or co-written four books. He created his own music label ‘Power of God’ and ‘Rock the Bells’. LL Cool J has also invested in Apache HTTP Server.
LL Cool J is one of the most renowned rappers in the world. He has influenced many people in the field of music and entertainment. He is also a successful businessman and has got fans across the world. His popularity also made him appear in WWE WrestleMania and earn a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.