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LL Cool J

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LL Cool J's latest album is called Authentic.

May 11, 2013 "The last thing that I want to do is be a hack," says the rapper and actor.

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September 26, 2005 Ed Gordon talks with hip-hop trailblazer L.L. Cool J about being recognized on VH1.

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LL Cool J.

August 30, 2005 Born James Todd Smith, LL Cool J was Def Jam Records' first recording artist at age 15.

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Public Enemy in 1987; credit: David Corio/Redferns

December 31, 2009 Def Jam's box set contains some of the most amazing music released since the dawn of hip-hop.

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  • Album: Def Jam Recordings 25th Anniversary
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Released: 2009