LL Cool J turns 46 today (Tuesday)!
- LL was born James Todd Smith in Bay Shore, New York on January 14th, 1968.
- His stage name is short for "Ladies Love Cool James".
- As a kid, LL performed in the church choir, participated in the Boy Scouts and delivered newspapers.
- Shortly after securing a recording deal with Def Jam in 1985, LL dropped out of Andrew Jackson High School to record his debut album.
- LL released his 13th studio album, Authentic, in 2013.
- His acting resume includes Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, Any Given Sunday and Deliver Us From Eva. He currently stars on NCIS: Los Angeles.
- In October 2013, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced LL Cool J as a nominee for inclusion in 2014. He didn't make the final cut, but is eligible again next year.