Smith, James Todd
Born: Aug 16, 1968 AD
Currently alive, at 47 years of age.
1968 - Born on August 16th in New York, New York. An American rapper and actor, a leading exponent of mid-1980s new school rap and one of the few hip-hop stars of his era to sustain a successful recording career for more than a decade.
1984 - Taking the stage name LL Cool J (“Ladies Love Cool James”) at age 16, the Queens, New York City, native signed with fledgling rap label Def Jam.
1985 - His first album, "Radio" was released.
- Appeared in "Krush Groove", the movie celebrating Def Jam's origins.
1987-1988 - He outlasted most of his competition by constantly creating daring, fresh modes of expression—gaining airplay with rap's first romantic ballad, “I Need Love”, and prefiguring West Coast rap with “Goin' Back to Cali”, recorded in California.
1990 - Criticized by some for his crossover success, LL responded by teaming with producer Marley Marl for the musically and thematically innovative album "Mama Said Knock You Out".
1993-1995 - He recorded the albums, "14 Shots to the Dome" and "Mr. Smith".
1997 - He co-wrote autobiography "I Make My Own Rules".
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