WATCH: LL Cool J on his Continued Connection to Hip-Hop

Rapper turned actor LL Cool J speaks on his dual role as a hip-hop pioneer and Hollywood player

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As one of the first artists signed to entrepreneur Russell Simons’ legendary hip-hop label Def Jam Records, James Todd Smith, better known to music fans as LL Cool J,  has had quite a career. From a baby-faced rapper with several platinum plaques and awards on his musical resume to an established actor, author and entrepreneur, the Queens, NY native has evolved as a performer and businessman. While he currently appears as a lead character on NCIS: Los Angeles, LL always remains close to his musical roots. In fact, while being honored as a musical icon at the BET Hip-Hop Awards LL shared his views with on the culture’s evolution and his continued connection to it.

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