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'Lip Sync Battle' Host LL Cool J's Wife Simone Shares Touching Tribute to Their Son Najee on His 30th Birthday

Manuela Cardiga
Oct 07, 2019
02:40 P.M.
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LL Cool's wife Simone Smith posted a touching tribute on Instagram to her son Najee on his 30th birthday.

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LL Cool and Simone Smith's children are all grown up, and their oldest son has reached a landmark birthday: 30.

To honor that special date his Simone posted a sweet tribute to Najee and a series of photos of her son throughout the years on her Instagram account.

LL Cool and Simone share three more children besides Najee: daughters Italia, Samaria, and Nina

Rapper LL Cool/ Source: Getty Images

Rapper LL Cool/ Source: Getty Images

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SIMONE SMITH'S BABY IS A MAN SHE'S PROUD OF

Najee was Simone's first child, and she was just 19 when he was born, and as she admits, she did a lot of growing up along with him.

Najee, who is a successful photographer, has grown into a responsible, well-balanced man any mother would be proud of.

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LL COOL'S BABY BOY

Najee was born on September 18, 1989, and the first photo Simone shared shows her with her infant son in her arms, looking almost like a child herself. She captioned it:

"On this day 30 years ago at 7:37am God Blessed our family with a healthy baby boy. As a 19-year-old mother, my job was to grow you up into a God-fearing, happy, healthy and successful citizen and man. As a 19-year-old mother you actually grew me up at the same time."

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RAISING HER BABY BOY INTO A PROUD MAN

Simone lavishes praise on her son, lauding his success, patience, focus, and peace of mind. She wrote:

"The Bible says “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” It’s also says “As a man thinketh, so is he”. I am proud of the man that you are, but even more proud at the man you will continue to grow to be."

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LL COOL AND SIMONE SMITH'S WONDERFUL FAMILY

LL Cool and Simone share three more children besides Najee: daughters Italia, Samaria, and Nina

Simone and LL Cool married in 1995, and have been happily married for over 24 years.

They and their children became an example at a time when the world of hip-hop was rife with men who cared little for the children they fathered and flitted from relationship to relationship.

LL Cool and Simone have raised a wonderful family, and the merit goes to their amazing example of love and dedication.

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SIMONE SMITH BEATS CANCER LIKE A BOSS

LL Cool J and his wife Simone Smith have lent their faces, voices, and support to a new American Cancer Society campaign with the message: ”Beat Cancer Like a Boss.”

Simone was diagnosed with stage 3 chondrosarcoma—a rare type of bone cancer found in her right tibia bone in 2004. The treatment involved a 15-hour surgery to replace the bone followed by intense rehab. Simone has been cancer-free for almost 15 years now.

In the ACS video, LL Cool addresses the audience and says:

"How did my wife Simone beat cancer? Like a boss.”

The campaign emphasizes the importance of self-belief and inner strength, and most of all, optimism to fight the dread disease that afflicts the lives of so many.

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