LL Cool J first rose to fame with Def Jam Records in the 1980s and 1990s, with hit albums like "Mama Said Knock You Out." He went on to be an actor, too, starring on the hit show "NCIS: Los Angeles."
LL Cool J stands for "Ladies Love Cool James," which gives off a playboy vibe. However, the rapper is actually a loyal and doting husband to Simone Smith.
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The couple has been married since 1995, and together they share four children. Their eldest child Najee works as a professional photographer.
Back in 2015, it was reported that Najee was arrested after getting into a fight outside a restaurant in Manhattan. In the end, the case was dismissed and sealed.
ITALIA ANITA SMITH
LL Cool J's second child, Italia Smith, was in the news in 2017 when she tied the knot with Lamar Cartez. She is a licensed realtor who graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University.
She works with high-profile clients such as professional athletes, celebrities, and other influential figures. She is a proud mom to King James and Faith.
SAMARIA LEAH SMITH
Samaria Leah Smith is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She currently owns a denim brand named after herself.
The brand was launched in 2019, and she's had loyal customers through the years, including celebrities who vouch for the comfort and style of the brand.
NINA SIMONE SMITH
Nina Simone is following in her father's footsteps in the entertainment industry. She is an aspiring singer who released her very first single titled "Call Me" on her 19th birthday.
While the Smith siblings have all the best things in life, their dad made sure not to let them grow up spoiled. Instead, they are given things in moderation, especially when they record achievements.
LL COOL J AND SIMONE SMITH
James Todd Smith (the rapper's real name) dated Simone for eight years before going down the aisle with her in 1995, and the couple has not looked back since then.
In 2004, Simone was diagnosed with third-stage chondrosarcoma, uncommon cancer that affects the bone. The "Doin It" crooner stood by his ailing spouse as she went through a 15-hour surgery and two-and-a-half years of recuperation.
LL Cool J (R) and Simone Smith at The Beverly Hilton Hotel | Source: Getty Images
Fortunately, Smith overcame cancer and has been cancer-free for 17 years. Now, she makes the most out of her life with their growing family.
The award-winning rapper completely denounced the general ideology that rappers have little or no regard for family life as he was pretty much present in his kids' lives.