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James Todd Smith, known professionally as LL Cool J (short of Ladies Love Cool James), is an American rapper/songwriter/producer/actor/entrepreuner from Hollis, Queens, New York City. He began rapping at age nine, and at age sixteen, began creating demo tapes in the basement of his grandparents home. Smith was signed to Def Jam Records and released the single “I Need A Beat” in 1984. On November 18, 1985, he released his debut album “Radio.” Shortly after its release, “Radio” sold over 500,000 copies withing five months and eventually sold over 1 million copies by 1988, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.  It featured the singles “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” and “Rock The Bells.” Smith’s sophomore effort, “Bigger And Deffer”, was also commerically successful, selling two million copies in the United States alone. It featured the singles “I’m Bad”, “I Need Love”, “Bristol Hotel” and “Go Cut Creator Go.” Smith has released the albums “Radio” (1985), “Bigger And Deffer” (1987), “Walking With A Panther” (1989), “Mama Said Knock You Out” (1990), “14 Shots To The Dome” (1993), “Mr. Smith” (1995), “Phenomeon” (1997), “G.O.A.T.” (2000), “10” (2002), “The DEFinition” (2004), “Todd Smith” (2006), “Exit 13” (2008) and “Authentic” (2013). In addition to music, Smith has also worked as an actor, having appeared in such films as “Krush Groove”, “Big Fun In The Big Town”, “Wildcats”, “The Hard Way” and “Deliver Us From Eva” among others. He can be seen on the CBS series “NCIS: Los Angeles.”