Crossing Over: LL Cool J

25 04 2007

This is a new feature about musicians who have made the leap to acting and the results. Some have gained acclaim while others have become Razzie hall-of-famers. Either way when a musician tackles the silver screen we all take notice and savor the outcome.

455592_ll.coolj2_200x200.jpgJames Todd Smith
Born: January 14, 1968
Musicial Credits: Solo Artist
1986: Radio (Peaked at #46, Platinum)
1987: Bigger And Deefer (Peaked at #3, Double Platinum)
1989: Walking With A Panther (Peaked at #6, Platinum)
1990: Mama, Said Knock You Out (Peaked at #16, Double Platinum)
1995: Mr. Smith (Peaked at #20, Double Platinum)
1996: All the World: Greatest Hits (Peaked at #29, Platinum)
1997: Phenomenon (Peaked at #7, Platinum)
2001: G.O.A.T. (Peaked at #1, Gold)
2002: 10 (Peaked at #2, Gold)
2004: The Definition (Peaked at #4, Gold)
2006: Todd Smith (Peaked at #6, Gold)

LL Coo J came to the forefront of Hip Hop when he was still a teenager. He scored multiple platinum records and hit singles before he was even old enough to legally drink. LL Cool J was one of the artist responsible for expanding raps’ appeal beyond its core audience.
With good looks and even tighter rhymes, LL Cool J tallied hit after hit and slowly began to make a name for himself outside of the Hip Hop realm. By 1990, the rapper had 4 platinum records under his belt and was developing a persona that would eventually bring the artist to the silver screen.
With the rap world under control, LL Cool J stormed the multiplexes with a string of not-so-memorable performances in a few not-so-good films, Halloween: H20, Deep Blue Sea and Any Given Sunday – just to name a few. The rap star tried to turn himself into a double-threat, but it just wasn’t so. And while he plugged away making numerous film appearances, the rap climate changed, leaving LL Cool J out in the cold.
G.O.A.T., 10, Todd Smith all underperformed on the charts barely achieving gold status (sales of 500,000) and failed to released any memorable hit singles.
His latest film, Slow Burn tanked bringing in a rather unimpressive $778,123 during its opening weekend. The subsequent weekend was even more horrifying as the film plummeted 84.7 percent to a marginal $119,150.
LL Cool J should just take a very long hiatus from acting and focus on re-mastering his craft, then maybe after a few hundred-thousand acting lesson return to the small screen. It is very clear, LL Cool J is not going to be the next movie star.

Top Tracks
“Around the Way Girl”
“Mama Said Knock You Out”
“Hey Lover”

>Almost always wears a hat, and wears one of his pant legs rolled up.
>LL Cool J stands for “Ladies Love Cool James.”
>Hosted the 2001 American Music Awards with Britney Spears. [2001]
>Has four children (one boy and three girls): Najee (b. 1989), Italia (b. 1990), Samaria (b. 1995), and Nina Simone (b. 2000).
>Wrote and performed the first ever rap love song “I Need Love” in 1985.

Here is the trailer from the Slow Burn:




One response

28 02 2009
Michael Tim

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