LL Cool J

(James Todd Smith)

LL Cool J
LL Cool J
  • Born: January 14, 1968
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Rapper, Record Producer, Actor, Author, Entrepreneur









James Todd Smith, known professionally as LL Cool J (short for Ladies Love Cool James), is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, actor, author and entrepreneur from Queens, New York. He is known for such hip hop hits as "Going Back to Cali", "I'm Bad", "The Boomin' System", "Rock the Bells" and "Mama Said Knock You Out", as well as romantic ballads such as "Doin' It", "I Need Love", "All I Have", "Around the Way Girl" and "Hey Lover".

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Art is about imagination. When you look at a picture from Salvador Dali, that's about imagination. When you look at Picasso, that's about imagination. Doing stuff from your heart. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
As a black man, my hope is that I can touch more and more people all over the world of different races and different colours. Hope
At fourteen, I started sending out demo tapes.
Do what you love; you'll be better at it. It sounds pretty simple, but you'd be surprised how many people don't get this one right away. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Dreams don't have deadlines. I'm thinking of doing bigger and better things and having more fun with it.
God blesses us all with different views and perspectives and levels of influence and power. Power ;Religion & God
Hip-hop can be limiting and I refuse to accept limits.
Hip-hop's always reached out to kids. If you look at the last 10 big albums it might seem ironic. But when I look at the history of this music it's always had a lot of positivity. Music, Chants & Rapps ;History
I am a real person that cares about his art and cares about what he's doing - I have a heart and a soul and want to touch people and give. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I am artistic so I reserve the right to change my mind at any point. I just like to do different things. What is more important than the name is that people know that I really like acting, I enjoy it and I want people to know that I am serious.
I am what I am, I'm doing very well in my life, and I'm thankful to God for that. Life ;Religion & God
I do about 90 percent of my own stunts, and the things I can't do for insurance reasons, like swinging out of a flying helicopter, I wouldn't want to do anyway.
I don't have an image that I'm trying to, like, portray. I'm just being me.
I don't look back. I don't live my life in the rear-view mirror because, if you do, you're bound to end up wrapped around a pole somewhere. Life
I don't think you should go around talking trash about people because I think that's how you get your hat handed to you.
I don't wanna abandon my identity as LL Cool J, but at the same time, I had to figure out how to let people know that I'm really serious about making these movies. Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I feel like my peers now are artists like Madonna and the Stones, Michael Jackson and Prince. These are people who were able to take their careers beyond the normal here-today-gone-tomorrow life span. Life
I just like to do different things. What is more important than the name is that people know that I really like acting, I enjoy it and I want people to know that I am serious.
I just look at the high and bright side of things.
I love my fans, I love my music - I have no reason to retire. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I only do what comes from the heart.
I think fitness is important. I think a healthy lifestyle is important. I think putting positive energy out there is important and just staying connected with the people.
I think I'm the best, of course. How could I not?
I think in order to keep America great, we have to keep America creative.
I think that politics could be a positive thing. My beef is that people focus on the personal aspect of a politician too much. They should focus on the results. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I think the guy who has had the better films is Will Smith. I don't know if he's a better actor than me. I don't think so. I am a rapper first. Man, I just love what I do. I am just the greatest and I can't help it. I'm sorry man. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think the key to working out is for people to think of water - just allow the workouts to fill out the cracks in your lives and seep into wherever you can fit it in.
I think the stuff that plays on the radio, the majority of it is for teenagers, which is okay. That's what pop radio is about. And some of it is great, and some of it is not.
I think when you move past your fear and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly, you become free.
I think when you move past your fear and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly, you become free. Know what I'm saying? Move past the fear.
I try to do the right thing with money. Save a dollar here and there, clip some coupons. Buy ten gold chains instead of 20. Four summer homes instead of eight. Money, Coins & Minting
I was listening to Jimi Hendrix; I just admire his artistry and creativity as an artist.
If you do cardio one day and the next day you can do weights, do it that way. If you need to do it at night or in the morning, do it that way. Whatever you need to get it done, just get it done. Morning
I'm a real person that cares about his art and cares about what he's doing. I have a heart and a soul and I want to touch people and give. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I'm good at what I do, but I wouldn't be so bold and arrogant as to say something disrespectful about, say, Eminem. He's talented and he's good at what he does.
I'm not giving up my history and what I've done in my music because I love it and I'm very proud of it. I just want to open it up for more people. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps ;History
I'm not just a rapper. I'm an entertainer. That's the difference.
I'm not trying to be new school and I'm not old school - I'm classic. There's a lot of new cars and there's a lot of old cars, but I'm just classic in doing what I do.
I'm not trying to keep up or adapt. I'm allowing myself to grow, evolve and create new music. Music, Chants & Rapps
I've been training as an actor for six years. Nobody goes to acting school for six years. I mean, the college course is only four years! I absolutely trained.
I've got to see my movie to see how I'm acting, see what little things I can learn about my craft.
I've never been one to have to manipulate women. I always want it to be like a mutual thing, like everybody loves everybody. Women
Let me tell you something - compared to a TV-drama production schedule, touring is not strenuous.
Nobody is perfect, but life is about choices. Life
Once the referee throws the ball in the air, it's either your ball or their ball and you have to just take your shot.
Once you achieve one goal, you should be looking forward to trying to build onto the next thing, and not just getting comfortable with what you're doing.
Our world is at the crossroads. We have a choice, right and wrong.
People will feel the way they feel.
Sometimes altering your position is the right thing. Sometimes it's not.
Sometimes you've just got to grab an apple - or grapes, or strawberries. Something that's healthy but maybe a little bit more adventurous, if you can see fruit as adventurous.
Stand up and face your fears, or they will defeat you.
Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.
That's one of the good things about music. You get to do it live, where you can touch the people and interact with them. Music, Chants & Rapps
The nature of the game is pain. Nature
The people who go get an LL album want to hear LL. They don't want to hear LL trying to sound like DMX or whoever else is out there. That's not what they want to hear from me, because if they want to hear that they can go get the real thing.
The person that made me want to make movies, and the reason I do films, is Bruce Lee. He was an incredible actor, and he had a lot of charisma. Handsome, action, you know, everything was there. I loved Bruce Lee. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The secret to it all is just to enjoy what you're doing. This is not working at the coal face, this is not sweeping behind a restaurant. It's work, but it's not work. It gives me a different type of energy. I'm grateful for that. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There's a lot of single black women who did the best that they could and that's a beautiful thing, but they don't know how necessary a father is in a kid's life and how much guys miss that deep down inside. Life ;Women
Timing has a lot to with art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
To know the rules of the game, you have to be educated.
To me, my peers are Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger. I'm not talking age-wise, but in terms of careers. Madonna. Those are my peers. And I'm okay with that.
We need to make sure that there's art in the school. Why? Why should art be in the school? Because if art isn't in a school, then a guy like Steve Jobs doesn't get a chance to really express himself because in order for art to meet technology, you need art. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
We're going to raise a lot of money for cancer awareness, give some to the American Cancer Society and hopefully make a big difference. Society ;Money, Coins & Minting
What I don't do is try to like become whoever I'm rapping with. The people who go get an LL album want to hear LL.
What I like to do is just make good music, good movies, hopefully perform a good show full of energy and just have some fun. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
What I say on a record and what I say off a record is two different things. And that's always been the case. There's a difference between confidence on a record and arrogance.
What is more important than the name is that people know that I really like acting, I enjoy it and I want people to know that I am serious. The name thing: I will always be L.L. Cool J.
What you do in your art - TV, music, film stuff - touches people. And they want to touch you. So that's a blessing. I'm okay with it. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When adversity strikes, that's when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.
You can't let your past hold your future hostage. Future
You don't need to be the good guy to get a good message out.
You have to always continue to strive no matter how hard things get, no matter how troubled you feel. No matter how tough things get, no matter how many times you lose, you keep trying to win.
You've got to stay focused without being boring - because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Skinny, but dull. Work, Workers & The Labor Force