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LL Cool J Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

LL Cool J Quick Info
Height 6 ft 3 in
Weight 96 kg
Date of Birth January 14, 1968
Zodiac Sign Capricorn

LL Cool J is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, voice actor, author, and entrepreneur who became one of the early hip-hop acts to achieve mainstream success with the release of his single titled I Need a Beat and the Radio LP. Over the years, he has released multiple albums and tracks such as G.O.A.T., Bigger and Deffer14 Shots to the Dome10Walking with a PantherGoing Back to CaliMr. Smith, Mama Said Knock You Out, Todd SmithPhenomenonThe DEFinitionAuthenticExit 13I Want You/DangerousRock the BellsGo Cut Creator GoI’m That Type of GuyTo da Break of DawnMama Said Knock You OutJingling BabyWho’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?Ain’t Nobody, and You and Me (ft. Kelly Price). In addition to that, LL Cool J has also branched out as an actor and has been cast in shows and movies like NCISNCIS: Los AngelesThe Electric CompanyWWII in HD30 RockIn the HouseAll ThatDeep Blue SeaCharlie’s AngelsDeliver Us from EvaS.W.A.T.Hawaii Five-0, and Grudge Match.

Born Name

James Todd Smith

Nick Names

Jack the Ripper, LL Cool J, Uncle L, The Future of the Funk, Nickelhead, LL, Mr. Smith, G.O.A.T.

LL Cool J at the Mohegan Sun's 20th Anniversary Party in October 2016
LL Cool J at the Mohegan Sun’s 20th Anniversary Party in October 2016

Sun Sign


Born Place

Bay Shore, Suffolk County, New York, United States





LL Cool J went to the Hillcrest High School in New York City. However, he dropped out of school to focus on his rapping career.


Rapper, Songwriter, Actor, Author, Entrepreneur, Record Producer, Voice Actor


  • Father – James Louis Smith, Jr.
  • Mother – Ondrea Griffith
  • Others – James Louis Smith (Paternal Grandfather), Fannie Bell Tucker (Paternal Grandmother), Nathaniel Christy Lewis (Biological Maternal Grandfather), Ethel Mae Jolly (Biological Maternal Grandmother), Eugene Gladstone Griffith (Adoptive Maternal Grandfather), Ellen E. Hightower (Adoptive Maternal Grandmother)


LL Cool J has been represented by –

  • M L Management Associates, Inc.
  • LL Cool J, Inc., Production Company, Hollywood, California, United States


Hip hop, rap rock


Vocals, Turntables, Drum Machine


429 Records, Def Jam Recordings, Violator, S-BRO

Net Worth

His net worth had been $120 Million according to




6 ft 3 in or 190.5 cm


96 kg or 212 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

LL has dated –

  1. Gabrielle Union – It is RUMORed that he hooked up with actor Gabrielle Union in the past. They also worked together in the 2003 romantic comedy film Deliver Us from Eva.
  2. Jennifer Lopez – There have been RUMORs that LL Cool J once had an affair with singer, actor, and dancer Jennifer Lopez.
  3. Karrine Steffans – The former model and author Karrine Steffans has claimed in her autobiography that she had a brief affair with LL Cool J, who she also revealed had pretty well-endowed manhood.
  4. Kidada Jones (1992-1994) – Before he settled down with Simone, he dated actor and model Kidada Jones, Quincy Jones’s daughter and Tupac Shakur’s fiancé for about a year.
  5. Simone Smith – Todd first met his wife Simone Smith when he was 19 years old. He was driving his mother’s car on Easter Eve and met his friend and his cute cousin around the block. Just after they had got in a relationship, he was supposed to go on an eight-week-long music tour. So, he sat her down and told her that if she would be going out with someone else by the time he returns, then it would be better that they remain friends. They made their relationship public at the Miami concert as he called her onstage while performing I Need Love and kissed her in front of his fans. In 1989, she gave birth to a son, Najee. In 1990, she gave birth to a daughter, Italia. In 1995, they got married and welcomed their second daughter, Samaria. Their fourth child, a daughter named Nina Simone was born in 2000. They had to face a major obstacle after Simone was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2004. However, she managed to overcome her condition after a two and half years struggle.
  6. Pilar Sanders (1996) – It is RUMORed that he had a fling with actor Pilar Sanders in 1996.
LL Cool J and Simone Smith at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
LL Cool J and Simone Smith at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Race / Ethnicity


LL Cool J is of African-American descent.

Hair Color


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Often likes to wear a hat or beanie

LL Cool J shirtless body in a modeling photoshoot in 2015
LL Cool J shirtless body in a modeling photoshoot in 2015

Shoe Size

14/15 (US) or 47/48 (EU)

Brand Endorsements

LL Cool has done endorsement work for –

  • Spike App
  • Toyota
  • Best Buy retail chain
  • Gap
  • IKEA
  • Dr. Pepper
  • GatoradeVolvo
  • Old Spice
  • Coca-Cola
  • Fubu (Online fashion store)

In February 2024, LL Cool J and Lainey Wilson appeared in Coors Light‘s “Super Bowl” commercial.



Best Known For

  • Being considered as one of the creator artists of the pop-rap
  • Being a very successful rap artist, having sold millions of records

First Album

In November 1985, LL Cool released his debut studio album, Radio under the Def Jam Recordings label. The album went ‘Platinum’ in the U.S.

First Film

In 1985, LL Cool made his film debut as himself in the music drama movie, Krush Groove as himself.

First TV Show

As an actor, LL Cool acted in a 1994 episode of the drama-comedy series, The Adventures of Pete & Pete as Mr. Throneberry.

However, his first TV show appearance was in the musical comedy series Saturday Night Live as a musical guest in 1987.

Personal Trainer

In 2002, while preparing for the music tour, LL realized that he would have to step up his fitness regime if he wanted to look great. Plus, he wasn’t happy about how he was feeling as well. So, he hired his personal trainer, Scooter, who would become his close friend as well.

Scooter had him running about five miles in the searing heat to burn his fat stores. He had him working in the gym just after he had performed on stage. His gym workouts started with warmups that included jogging on the treadmill, cycling on a stationary bike, and jumping jacks. After that, he got him doing lifting exercises in circuit training style.

Depending on his energy, he got him doing boxing circuits as well and followed it up with interval training on the treadmill or outside. In interval training, he sprinted for 30 seconds followed by 60 seconds of jogging. He also used to perform interval training routines in the morning as well.

He backed up his workout with a disciplined and balanced diet. He focused on eating a lot of protein-based food but didn’t completely cut off fats and carbs. Like every fat-burning diet, his diet also had a generous amount of fresh fruits and vegetables.

LL Cool J Favorite Things

  • Soda – Ginger Ale
  • Perfume – Gendarme Cologne
  • Color Combination – Black and Red
  • Works of Art – His portrait done by Kehinde Wiley at the Smithsonian and Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David
  • Concerts – Run-DMC Raising Hell tour and U2 concert in Barcelona in 2009
  • MLB Team – New York Yankees
  • Sports Team – Los Angeles Lakers
  • Childhood Athlete – Tony Dorsett, Michael Jordan, and Reggie Jackson

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LL Cool J at the MTV Movie And TV Awards in May 2017
LL Cool J at the MTV Movie And TV Awards in May 2017

LL Cool J Facts

  1. His stage name LL Cool J is a shortened form of ‘Ladies Love Cool James.’ He adopted this stage name in his teens.
  2. Before he became a successful rapper, he worked as a paperboy very briefly.
  3. The VH1 has placed him on the 5th spot in the “50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists” list and also on #32 in the “100 Sexiest Artists” list.
  4. In January 2016, he was honored with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at the legendary Hollywood Boulevard in California.
  5. He had a very turbulent upbringing. At the age of 4, he saw his father shooting his mother and grandfather.
  6. In his autobiography, he has accused his physical therapist stepfather of psychologically and physically abusing him. However, his stepfather has refuted these allegations.
  7. He started rapping at the age of 9. Using $2,000 worth of music equipment, which was gifted by his grandfather, he started producing his own demo discs in his early teens.
  8. While he was studying in high school, the newly established Def Jam Recordings released his song, I Need a Beat, which sold more than 100,000 copies and gave him the confidence to drop his studies for a music career.
  9. In 2008, he started his record label by the name of Boomdizzle. It also worked as a social networking platform for amateur artists, who could upload their music and get it rated by other users.
  10. In 2009, he launched his exclusive range of urban clothing items titled “LL Cool J collection”. His clothing range was initially made available at Sears’ stores.
  11. In 2012, he broke a robber’s jaw and nose after having caught him intruding in his home. He then called the police to hand him over.
  12. He released his autobiography, I Make My Own Rules in 1998. He has also written a bestselling fitness book, The Platinum Workout.
  13. In March 2016, LL Cool J announced his retirement. However, he later walked back his announcement.
  14. In 2021, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  15. He re-signed to Def Jam Recordings in September 2019.
  16. In March 2022, he served as the host of the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
  17. LL Cool J owns a charitable foundation called Jump & Ball.

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