How much is LL Cool J worth? $120 Million
How did LL Cool J earn his money and wealth?
LL Cool J, real name James Todd Smith, was born on 14 January, 1968 in Bay Shore, New York to James Smith and Ondrea Smith. He fought against domestic violence in his childhood days and came out as a child prodigy. LL Cool J is not on an American rapper but is also a rapper, entrepreneur as well as author. He developed a passion for hip-hop music at the age of just 9 and started to compose songs by the age of 11. He was named with pseudonym LL Cool J which stands from ‘Ladies Love Cool James.’ LL Cool J met Rick Rubin at the age of 16 after which the two went on to make a single titled ‘I Need a Beat.’ The single was later sent to Russell Simmons, an artist manager and soon, Simmons and Rubin established a recording company ‘Def Jam Recordings’. Soon, the single was released under the label which sold over 100,000 copies.
LL Cool J took a drop from school to focus on his music career. He started working in the album ‘Radio’ which was released in 1985. The album was hot and sold over 1.5 million copies.
Soon, LL Cool J started his acting career in the year 1985 and starred in his first movie ‘Krush Groove.’ He released his next album titled ‘Bigger and Deffer’ in 1987 which was a massive hit and peaked at number 1 position in the Billboard R&B. He released his third album titled ‘Walking with a Panther’ in the year 1989 which did not receive a commercial success. Hence, LL Cool J decided to release another album ‘Mama Said Knock You Out’ which was a big success.
LL Cool J later worked in a movie like ‘The Hard Way’ and ‘Toys.’ Later in 1993, he developed his own record label known as ‘P.O.G’ or also called as ‘Power of Gold.’ He released other album titled ‘Mr Smith’ in the year 1995 and later released the album ‘All World: Greatest Hits’ in the year 1996. From the year 1996 to 1998, he starred in supporting roles in movies such as ‘The Right to Remain Silent’, ‘Caught Up,’ as well as ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.’
From the year 2000 to 2008, LL Cool J continued to act in several television series and movies like ‘Kingdom Come’, ‘Deliver Us from Eva,’ ‘S.W.A.T,’ ‘Last Holiday’ as well as ‘Slow Burn.’ In 2009, he launched his own clothing line known as ‘LL Cool J collection’ at the ‘Sears’ stores. In 2013, he released his album ‘Authentic’ which features guest appearances of music artists like ‘Snoop Dogg, Seal among others.
What are the highest grossing songs of LL Cool J?
- All I Have (2003): Peaked at #1
- Loungin (1996): Peaked at #3
- Hey Lover (1995): Peaked at #3
- Luv U Better (2002): Peaked at #4
- Control Myself (2006): Peaked at #4
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