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LL Cool J artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music
May 11, 2013 "The last thing that I want to do is be a hack," says the rapper and actor.
September 26, 2005 Ed Gordon talks with hip-hop trailblazer L.L. Cool J about being recognized on VH1.
August 30, 2005 Born James Todd Smith, LL Cool J was Def Jam Records' first recording artist at age 15.
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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