LL Cool J exposing Todd Smith
Posted on February 20, 2006 by Jamie Slaughter
In 2006, LL Cool J is making sure that everyone knows TODD SMITH. This 12th release on Def Jam Records, his first self-titled release, continues to define him as a breakthrough artist. TODD SMITH is scheduled to be released worldwide on MARCH 21, 2006.
TODD SMITH is jump started by the undeniable smash “Control Myself,” featuring the multi-platinum and multi-talented superstar, Jennifer Lopez. Produced by Jermaine Dupri, the bass driven track shows yet another dimension of LL’s versatility. The album, mostly recorded in Miami and New York features several tracks from Timabaland, Pharell, Scott Storch and Trackmasters. LL Cool J’s 12th album features 12 stars; including; Mary J. Blige, Mary Mary, Teairra Mari, Freeway and Juelz Santana.
The video for “Control Myself” was filmed over 3 days in New York City and Atlanta, shot by acclaimed director, Hype Williams. The single is about to explode on radio impact date; February 6th.
Most recently, LL Cool J has a takes a starring turn in the Paramount Picture comedy, Last Holiday. This fall he will launch 2 signature clothing lines, the high end line; Todd Smith and the active wear line; TS.
LL is more than a hip-hop artist. He is more than an actor. LL Cool J, James Todd Smith, is an icon in his own day. He encompasses the qualities of a true star, while never sacrificing his credibility in any field that he has entered. Whether it is music, Hollywood, television, politics or publishing, LL Cool J has opened his own doors and created opportunities for countless others.
LL will be embarking on a nationwide tour this spring in support of TODD SMITH.
Selling over 20 million albums world wide, LL has won and been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, New York Music Awards and Soul Train Awards including the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Additional honors include a Billboard Music Award, The Patrick Lippard Award by Rock the Vote and the NAACP Image “Favorite Hero” Award. Add to that – a nomination for an American Music Award and the 1997 MTV Video Vanguard Award, which honors lifetime achievement in music videos.
Aside from his musical career, LL has made a mark on Hollywood. He starred in blockbuster hits such as S.W.A.T. with Samuel L. Jackson and Deliver Us From Eva. LL has also appeared in movies such as Deep Blue Sea with Samuel L. Jackson and Any Given Sunday with Al Pacino. He was honored in 2003 as ShoWests Male Star of Tomorrow. Aside from the big screen, LL starred in his own hit television series In The House and released a best selling autobiography in 1997. LL’s second book release is the children’s book And The Winner Is, through Scholastic.
LL Cool J was the first artist to be released on the legendary Def Jam record label, the first hip hop artist to amass nine consecutive platinum plus albums and seven gold singles and he is the first hip hop artist to go acoustic on “MTV Unplugged.”