(Jan 7th, 2015)LL Cool J – Ladies Love Cool James (James Todd Smith)From St. Albans, Queens, NY – born Januay 14, 1968He was picked up by Def Jam, which was a very effective label ran by a bunch of kidsLL has over 20 million albums sold worldwide. He was the first rap artist to release a single and album on the now legendary Def Jam Records LabelHe was the first hip-hop artist to amass eight consecutive platinum-plus selling albums and seven gold singlesIn 1991he made history by becoming the first rap artist to go acoustic on "MTV Unplugged”At age 16, he was the first Def Jam artist to release a single, ("I Need a Beat," 1984).In 1985, LL'sRadio album was released to worldwide critical acclaimPeople were denied the right to listen to the music they wanted to, so people walked around with a boom box – in relation to “I Need a Beat”This first album went platinum for sales exceeding one million copies. Later that same year LL delivered a stunning cameo performance of "I Can't Live Without My Radio"in the movie, "Krush Groove”Come the summer of '86, LL was touring as part of Run-DMC's "Raising Hell" tour, in the company of the Beastie Boys, Kurtis Blow and WhodiniHis 1987sophomore album, “Bigger and Deffer”, resulted in the chart-topping single "I Need Love" and was hailed in Spin magazineas "arguably the heaviest rock 'n' roll record ever releasedon a major label". "I Need Love" was the first hip-hop balladLL's 1989album “Walking with a Panther”featured the hit, "Going Back to Cali", which was also featured in the critically acclaimed Gen-X drama, "Less Than Zero”1990:The following year LL teamed with producer Marley Marl to collaborate on LL's next album, “Mama Said Knock You Out”The record featured the #1 Rap, Top R&B, and top 10 pop crossover smash "Around The Way Girl" as well as the hugely popular title track which won LL the Grammy Award for "Best Rap Solo”His 1990 single "Around the Way Girl"was a soulful serenade in praise of black women. The album would ultimately spend over a year on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, and more than70 weeks on the Top Black Albums chartHe had 5 consecutive Platinum albumsHe received his second Grammy for his song “Hey Lover”Released in Summer 1997, the book"I Make My Own Rules"(St. Martin's Press/Ilion Books) tells the harrowing story of LL's early life and careerLL made his acting role debut as an undercover cop in the feature film, "The Hard Way" which starred Michael J. Fox and James WoodsHis first official movie appearance was the film "Krush Grove, which won rave reviews for his cameo appearanceIn 1996 he was featured in a commercial for Major League Baseball and was the official spokesperson for which he delivers rapid-fire rhymes extolling the popular apparel chain, GapHe has also filmed ads for Coca-Cola and the Fubu clothing lineOne of most distinguished honors was beingselected to perform at both Presidential Inaugural celebrations as well as the 50th Birthday celebration for President Clinton
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