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LL COOL J is an entertainment icon who has found great success crossing into multiple mediums. A two-time Grammy Award® winner, recording artist, talented actor, author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, LL continues to display his wide range of talents with every project.
First introduced to the world in 1984 as a Def Jam Records flagship artist, LL is the first rap artist to amass 10 consecutive platinum-plus selling albums. The multi-platinum artist and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee is currently tied for third place for most Billboard chart debuts by a rapper. In 2016, LL received a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for his achievement in music.

As an actor, LL COOL J has successfully transitioned to one of the consistently highest rated shows on television. He currently stars in the CBS hit primetime drama series, NCIS: Los Angeles. His performance on the show garnered him six NAACP Image Award nominations for his role of Special Agent Sam Hanna.

LL can currently be seen hosting and producing Up Sync Battle on Spike TV, which premiered April 2, 2015, as Spike TV's most-watched original program ever. The series, which will premiere its fourth season in 2018, has amassed more than half a billion video streams since its launch. In 2016 and 2017, the show was nominated for an Emmy® in the category of "Outstanding Structured Reality Program."

LL has always been an avid philanthropist involved in numerous causes including literacy for kids as well as music and arts programs in schools. Celebrating its 13t h  Anniversary this year, LL's charity "Jump & Ball" -which takes place every August in his hometown of Queens, New York-aims to give back to his local community by offering a five-week athletic and team-building program dedicated to bringing wholesome fun to young people.
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