Throughout his long career, he has fulfilled the hard task to flourish both professions in an excellent way, creating tunes which frequently became massive hits while at the same time taking parts in well-known movies that have really played important parts in enhancing his reputation in show business. The fact that he once experienced dark period in his younger years fortunately did not make him fall into a negative way of life, instead evoked him to materialize his dream to be what he has become of later. Albans, Queens, New York as the only child of James and Ondrea Smith, little LL was never known how it felt to have a happy childhood for he had already been forced to endure some hardship during his early life. Since toddler, he had lived in awful situation due to the violence that often occurred in his parents' relationship which later shockingly resulted in his father's ruthless shot toward his mother and grandfather by the year Things got worse after survived Ondrea began dating a young physical therapist named Roscoe whom she met while being treated in the hospital for it turned out that this man frequently abused LL mentally and physically while the mother left home to work. Finding a solace in the form of rap and hip-hop tunes to ease his sufferings, LL gradually fell in love with this music genre thus started rhyming by the age of 9 after his grandfather bought him a set of DJ equipment.
Who Is LL Cool J?
James Todd Smith was born on January 14, His reputations precede his contribution as one of the forefathers of pop rap as his music has gained more recognition. The Treacherous Three was the hip-hop group, which influenced Smith to start rapping at the age of nine. His father shot his mother and grandfather when he was four years. His mother dated a physical therapist, Roscoe, who used to abuse Smith.
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 Following the huge popularity of that album, the increasingly versatile LL moved into acting. In addition to appearing in a number of films, he landed regular television roles on the situation comedy In the House —99 and the drama NCIS: Los Angeles —.
The history of hip hop culture and music. Take the journey through the 's with Kurtis Blow, Run D. Claim your bio by clicking the button above and let us know how we can work with you to update your digital bio. LL released the hit "I Need a Beat" soon after, which sold more than , copies.