L.L. Cool J is gracing the stage once again at the 2017 Jazz in the Gardens! If you missed him the first time, here’s your chance to witness history in the making. A veteran of the music industry, L.L. Cool J (James Todd Smith), has contributed to the entertainment industry in a number of ways. Actor, rapper, singer and songwriter, this man has been making women swoon for years. Let’s take a look at this multiplatinum, Grammy-winning icon to see exactly what he’s done.
Who exactly is L.L. Cool J?
If you didn’t know what the “L.L.” means, it’s LADIES LOVE Cool James. Known for his signature move, licking his lips, he is a true pioneer in the hip hop game with signature hits like “The Booming System,” “ I Can’t Live Without My Radio,” “Doin It,” and “I Need Love.”
He’s no stranger to Miami. Years ago before there was a JITG, he performed in the Arabian Nights festival in Opa Locka. Of course, he wasn’t the megastar he is now, but the swag was the same. Born January 14, under the sign of Capricorn, he knew he wanted to be a rapper by the age of nine. Thanks to his grandfather’s $2,000 investment of two turntables, an amplifier and audio mixer, he was able to make his own demo tapes, which caught fire and brought Def Jam to his door.
Officially signing to Def Jam, Smith took on the moniker L.L. Cool J, and the rest is history. His first single, “I Need a Beat,” sold over 100,000 copies. The success of that record helped newly created Def Jam get a distribution deal with Columbia Records. He has since split with the label.
After continued mainstream success, he has done big things:
- Written four books
- Appeared in numerous movies and television shows
- Has played Special Agent Sam Hanna on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles since 2009
- Launched multiple clothing lines
- Started his own music label (P.O.G) and Rock The Bells for production
- Launched Boomdizzle.com, a record label/social networking site in 2008
- Was a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Oh, and he has four children with his wife Simone. This is the year of their 22nd anniversary, and they dated for eight years prior to getting married. Can you say black love?
By the looks of it, L.L. is not slowing down. Come on out and get your dance on when he hits the stage at this year’s Jazz in the Gardens, March 18th and 19th at the Hard Rock Stadium. For more info, visit www.jazzinthegardens.com.