What is LL Cool J Net Worth?

LL Cool J Net Worth is US$ 120 Million as of 2022.

Net WorthUS$ 120 Million
BornJanuary 14, 1968 (56 Years)
Country of originBay Shore, New York, U.S.
Source of wealthActor, Record producer, Writer, Author, Rapper, Singer-songwriter, Entrepreneur
Marital statusMarried
SpouseSimone Smith
ChildrenNina Simone Smith (Daughter), Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith (Daughter), Najee Laurent Todd Eugene Smith (Son), Italia Anita Maria Smith (Daughter)
Famous forHip hop songs


L.L. Cool J was born in New York on January 14, 1968. He suffered a series of disturbing events during his childhood. When he was four years old, he observed his father shooting his grandfather and mother. He fell in love with music when he was nine years old. He was penning lyrics and creating songs using some D.J. equipment that his grandpa had given him. His current stage name, L.L., was created by him and one of his best friends when he was fifteen. Ladies Love Cool James, often known as Cool J. When he was 16, he met N.Y.U. student Rick Rubin gave him his big break in the music industry.

Since Rick was a big fan of L.L.’s music, he attempted to sign him to a record label. They collaborated on the song “I Need a Beat,” which they then forwarded to Russell Simmons, artist management. Rick and Russell co-founded the renowned def jam recordings in the same year that Simmons fell in love with the single. L.L.’s first album, “Radio,” was the label’s first long-playing record and was released in 1985 after Def Jam secured a distribution agreement with Columbia/C.B.S. Records. Currently, L.L. is regarded as one of Def Jam’s most valuable assets.



Rick Rubin invites 16-year-old L.L. Cool J to create a demo in his dorm room. Alongside Rubin and Russell Simmons, he created andreleased his music as he started to experience a surprising amount of success when he was just a young kid.


L.L. Cool J releases the platinum-certified debut album from Def Jam, titled “Radio”. L.L. Cool J gains fame after making a cameo appearance in the movie “Krush Groove”.


L.L. Cool J released “14 Shots to the Dome”, his fifth album, and launched a record label called “Power of God (P.O.G)”.


L.L. Cool J begins acting in his sitcom, “In the House”.


L.L. Cool J releases “All World, a Greatest Hits album”.


L.L. Cool J releases “Phenomenon”, which goes platinum.


L.L. Cool J’s autobiography, “I Make My Own Rules”, has been published.


L.L. Cool J is featured on a FUBU album, The Good Life.


L.L. Cool J releases “10”.


L.L. Cool J releases “The DEFinition”.


L.L. Cool J releases “Todd Smith”.


L.L. Cool J publishes a book he co-wrote, “L.L. Cool J (Hip Hop Stars)”.


L.L. Cool J appears on N.C.I.S. and originates the role of Sam Hanna, a position he continues portraying for nine seasons on the spin-off show, N.C.I.S. Los Angeles.


L.L. Cool J continues to serve as the Grammys’ host through 2016.


L.L. Cool J begins hosting the T.V. show “Lip Sync Battle”.


L.L. Cool J becomes the Kennedy Centre’s first hip-hop honouree.

Early Life

Smith started rapping at the age of 10 after being influenced by the “The Treacherous Three” hip-hop group. In 1984, Smith, aged sixteen, began creating demo tapes at his grandparents’ home. He received a US$ 2,000 present from his jazz musician grandpa that comprised 2 turntables, a recording mixer, and a speaker. As another demonstration of her encouragement for his musical pursuits, his mother bought him a Korg drum machine with her tax refund. He claims that by the time his family gave him musical instruments, he was already an accomplished musician At the same time, promoter-manager Russell Simmons and N.Y.U. student Rick Rubin formed the independent Def Jam record company. Smith created and mixed his recordings using the mixer he had inherited from his grandpa and sent them to several record labels in New York City, counting Def Jam.


His prominent career was mainly in the field of the music industry. He released a total of 13 studio albums, 2 compilation albums, and 59 singles throughout his music career. Smith started to record his own tunes, which he then sent to several record labels. Def Jam Recordings employees got their hands on his demo. Def Jam accepted the demo and delivered his debut album. His new stage name, L L Cool J was used to release the song. In 1984, Cool J’s single “I need a beat” sold over 100,000 copies. He decided to drop out of high school as a result and record his debut album.

In the year 1985, he released an album titled “Radio” which earned a great amount of commercial success. The album sold over 1 million copies by the year 1987. His second album was released in the year 1987 was “Bigger and Deffer” and was one of the best-selling albums of his career. “Mama said knock you out” was his fourth studio album which went double platinum. He simultaneously started acting in the year 1991 by starring in “the hard way and Toys” and also released “14 shots to the Dome”. He appeared in various shows like Rollerball, “Deliver Us from Eva”, S.W.A.T and “Minehunters”.  He appeared in the NBC comedy “In The House” as well. In 1995, with the album “Mr. Smith” he made a comeback.

Boys II Men appeared on several tracks on the album, and “The Lady in My Life” by Michael Jackson was also covered. The music video would land LL a Grammy and become one of the first hip-hop videos ever to air on VH1. More than 2 million copies of this album were sold. His following album was Phenomenon, which went platinum and debuted at number one on the Billboard album charts. In 2000, he released G.O.A.T., which also went platinum. The ninth studio album of LL Cool J, “10,” was released in 2002. On January 21, 2016, he received a star on “The Hollywood Walk of Fame.”


 L.L. Cool J Career:

  • Actor
  • Record producer
  • Writer
  • Author
  • Rapper
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Entrepreneur

Studio Albums:

  • Radio (1985)
  • Bigger and Deffer (1987)
  • Walking with a Panther (1989)
  • Mama Said Knock You Out (1990)
  • 14 Shots to the Dome (1993)
  • Mr. Smith (1995)
  • Phenomenon (1997)
  • G.O.A.T. (2000)
  • 10 (2002)
  • The DEFinition (2004)
  • Todd Smith (2006)
  • Exit 13 (2008)
  • Authentic (2013)


1985Krush Groove
1986Big Fun In The Big Town
1991The Hard Way
1995Eyes on Hip Hop
1996The Right to Remain Silent
1998Caught Up
1998Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
1999Deep Blue Sea
1999In Too Deep
1999Any Given Sunday
2000Charlie’s Angels
2001Kingdom Come
2003Deliver Us from Eva
2005Slow Burn
2006Last Holiday
2007The Man
2008The Deal
2013Grudge Match


1994The Adventures of Pete & Pete
1995-99In the House
200730 Rock
2009WWII in HD
2009–NCIS: Los Angeles
2012Hawaii Five-0
2012-16Grammy Awards
2015-19Lip Sync Battle
2017American Dad!
2022iHeartRadio Music Awards

Favorite Quotes from L.L. Cool J

Favorite Quote 1 from L.L. Cool J

“Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals.”

-L.L. Cool J
Favorite Quote 2 from L.L. Cool J

“Stand up and face your fears, or they will defeat you.”

-L.L. Cool J
Favorite Quote 3 from L.L. Cool J

“ I am what I am, I’m doing very well in my life, and I’m thankful to God for that.”

-L.L. Cool J
Favorite Quote 4 from L.L. Cool J

“You can’t let your past hold your future hostage.”

-L.L. Cool J

Essential Life Lessons from L.L. Cool J

1. Be true to yourself and those around you.

2. Establish concrete goals, but don’t accept limits.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much money does L.L. Cool J have?

L.L. Cool J’s net worth was estimated at US$ 120 Million as of 2022.

How old is the actor L.L. Cool J?

 L.L. Cool J is 54 years old as of 2022.


L.L. Cool J, real name James Todd Smith, was a famous American rapper and actor who was born in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York on January 14, 1968. He was one of the few hip-hop artists to sustain a fruitful recording career for more than 10 years and a crucial player in the development of new-school rap in the middle of the 1980s. LL Cool J Net Worth is US$ 120 Million as of 2022.