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L.L. Cool J to be 'Runway' guest judge

L.L. Cool J to be 'Runway' guest judge

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. hip-hop icon L.L. Cool J has signed on to be a guest judge on the fashion reality competition series "Project Runway," Bravo announced.
Black, Harris plan trip to 'Sesame Street'

Black, Harris plan trip to 'Sesame Street'

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris and L.L. Cool J are among the celebrities to make appearances on the new season of the U.S. children's show, "Sesame Street."
Ohno, RuPaul to appear on 'Project Runway'

Ohno, RuPaul to appear on 'Project Runway'

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- Apolo Ohno, Brooke Shields and L.L. Cool J are among the celebrities to be guest judges in Season 5 of the U.S. competition series "Project Runway," Bravo said.

Puff Daddy's 4th party turns into a rally

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y., July 6 (UPI) -- Puff Daddy's Fourth of July bash in New York turned into a political rally when he jumped on stage, announcing plans to get minority voters to the polls.

Tonys bring in to celebs for awards

NEW YORK, June 3 (UPI) -- Broadway's Tony Awards producers have lined up some of Hollywood's top actors, including Nicole Kidman, to appear at the event to improve ratings.

Justin Timberlake makes first film

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Justin Timberlake has been cast in his first Hollywood feature film, playing a novice journalist who uncovers a big story in the crime drama "Edison."

L L Cool J renews Def Jam contract

LOS ANGELES, July 9 (UPI) -- LL Cool J has renewed his contract with Def Jam, the label where the rapper has spent his entire career.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for April 5-11.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include singer/songwriter Tom Lehrer, who was born in 1928 (age 75); rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins in 1932; country singer Margo Smith in 1942 (age 61); drummer Gene Parsons of the Byrds and also the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1944 (ag
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include singer/songwriter Tom Lehrer, who was born in 1928 (age 75); rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins in 1932; country singer Margo Smith in 1942 (age 61); drummer Gene Parsons of the Byrds and also the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1944 (ag
By United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 9) Today's birthdays include singer/songwriter Tom Lehrer, who was born in 1928 (age 74); rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins in 1932; ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 6) Today's birthdays include country's Merle Haggard, who was born in 1937; Michelle Phillips, formerly of the Mamas and the Papas, in 1944 (age 58); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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L.L. Cool
Baseball fan L.L. Cool J watches the Detroit Tigers play against the Arizona Diamondbacks June 26, 2005 in Phoenix, AZ. (UPI Photo/Will Powers)
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James Todd Smith (born January 14, 1968), better known as LL Cool J, is an American rapper and actor. LL Cool J stands for "Ladies Love Cool James." He is known for romantic ballads such as "I Need Love" and "Hey Lover" as well as pioneering hip-hop such as "Headsprung", "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", "The Boomin' System", "Mama Said Knock You Out", and "4, 3, 2, 1". He has also appeared in several films. LL Cool J is one of a few hip-hop stars of his era to sustain a successful recording career for more than two decades. He has released twelve studio albums and a greatest hits compilation so far, with his latest album being 2008's Exit 13, the last for LL's record deal with Def Jam Recordings. He now resides in Manhasset, New York with his wife and four children. The couple has also adopted several times.

LL spent most of his youth performing in the church choir, participating in the Boy Scouts, and delivering newspapers. At age 16, by using a mixing table purchased by his grandfather at Sears, Smith produced and created demos and sent them to various record companies, including Def Jam Recordings.

Under his new stage name, LL Cool J (Ladies Love Cool James), Def Jam released his first record, the 12" single "I Need a Beat". The single sold over 100,000 copies and helped establish LL as a rapper in the music industry. The success of "I Need a Beat" helped lead to a distribution deal with Def Jam and Columbia Records in 1985. Soon after, LL dropped out of Hillcrest High School to record his debut album.

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