LL Cool J is believed to be worth $130 million dollars as of 2020.
Along with an extremely successful career as a rapper, he is also a successful actor having roles on both the big screen and on television.
|Net Worth:||$130+ Million (USD)|
|Source of Wealth:||Professional Rapper, Actor, Entrepreneur|
|Full Name:||James Todd Smith|
|Also known as:||LL Cool J|
|Date of Birth:||January 14, 1968|
|Country of Origin:||United States of America|
|Years Active:||1984 to present|
Source of Wealth
His source of wealth comes from a variety of sources including his rap albums spanning many years, acting career, clothing line and multiple other businesses.
Along with an extremely successful rapping career, he is also a successful actor having roles on both the big screen and on television.
He has had parts in such movies and shows as Wildcats (1986), The Hard Way (1991), Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later (1998), Charlie’s Angels(2000), NCIS (2009 to Present), Hawaii Five-0 (2012), American Dad(2017) and several other roles over the years.
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LL Cool J was born James Todd Smith in Bay Shore, New York on January 14, 1968 to James Louis Smith (AKA James Nunya) and Ondrea Griffith.
Young James had a rather traumatic childhood. In 1972, when he was just 4 years old his father shot his wife (James Mother) as well as James grandfather. Although both survived James saw them covered in blood.
During Ondrea’s recovery she met a Physical therapist who she later began dating. This man would abuse James while James’ mother was at work.
Later James learned his mother was adopted and that his biological grandparents were Ellen Hightower and Eugene Griffith. He also learned his biological great uncle John Henry Lewis was a famous Boxer.
At the tender age of 9 Smith began rapping. At age 16 his grandfather purchased James some turntables, a mixer and an amplifier.
After receiving this equipment Smith began making his own demos and sending them out to various recording studios throughout New York including the newly formed Def Jam.
1984: Smith took the stage name LL Cool J and made his first single “I Need A Beat” under the Def Jam label. This single established Smith as a rapper almost instantly.
1985: LL Cool J released his first Album “Radio.” The album won both critical acclaim among people in the music industry and was a commercial success. This album went gold in the US in 1986 and Platinum in 1989.
1987: He released his second album “Bigger and Deffer” which would become one of the biggest albums of his career.
1989: He Released his third Album “Walking with Panther”
1990: LL Cool J released his fourth album “Mama Said Knock You Out” which was destined to become to become double Platinum and became his top selling album of all time.
1993: His next album to be released ’14 Shots to the Dome” went gold.
1995: His “Mr. Smith” was one of the very first hip-hop videos on VH1 and earned Smith a Grammy.
1997: He released his album “Phenomenon”.
2000: His G.O.A.T. Album debuted at number 1 on billboard charts and went platinum.
2002: “10” was released.
2004: His album “DEFinition” was released.
2006: “ Todd Smith” LL Cool J’s 11th album was released.
2008: LL Cool J’s last album with Def Jam was released “Exit 13”.
2013: He released his album “Authentic”.
2017: He became the first rapper to ever receive A Kennedy Center Honor
LL Cool J has been married to his wife Simone since 1995. The couple has 4 children, 3 girls and a boy Nina, Samaria, Italia, and Najee.
He has also launched his own clothing line Todd Smith and has written 4 books including both a children’s book and a work out book.
He has also started his own music label, which he calls P.O.G.
In 2012 a burglar broke into Smith’s home where he lives with his family and LL Cool J was able to catch the burglar and hold him until police arrived.
He has won several music, acting and MTV awards, as well as being given a star on the Walk of Fame and becoming an Honorary Doctor of Arts from Northeastern University.
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