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June 11, 2008: "LL Cool J Receives Prank Call By Eminem During Radio Interview"

Rapper/actor LL Cool J has become a victim of a phone prank - by superstar rapper Eminem, he called in under the guise of a fan during a radio interview.

LL Cool J was a guest on DJ Tony Touch's radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio station when a fan named "Jason from Miami" called in to challenge the rapper to a round of "Name That Tune," where Jason would recite the "Control Myself" artist lyrics and he would have to guess what song is that.

LL Cool J was able to answer correctly the two songs Jason rapped. He also praised the caller for his superb rapping skills.

Then Jason said he would like to recite a track he composed himself. He started rapping "Lose Yourself" to which LL Cool J finally learned the caller's real identity.

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Birth name: James Todd Smith III.
Also known as: Ladies Luv Cool James.
Born: January 14, 1968, Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, USA.
Height: 6' 1½" (1.87 m).
Spouse(s):
-Simone Johnson (7 August 1995 - present) they have four children.

LL Cool J biography (bio):
LL Cool J is a legendary American hip hop artist and actor. He is known for romantic ballads such as "I Need Love" and "Hey Lover" as well as pioneering hip-hop like "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", "Boomin' System", "Mama Said Knock You Out", and "4, 3, 2, 1". He has also appeared in several films. LL Cool J is one of a few hip-hop stars of his era to sustain a successful recording career for more than two decades. He has released 12 albums and a greatest hits compilation so far, with his next album, Exit 13, set to be released early 2008. The album will be the last for LL's record deal with Def Jam Recordings, a deal which has lasted for over twenty two years, making it the longest single hip hop deal to date. LL Cool J stands for "Ladies Love Cool James." He now resides in Manhasset, NY with his wife and four children.

Music career:

Building Def Jam:
LL Cool J, an acronym for Ladies Love Cool James, bought hip hop records to get the most awesomest label's address so he could be send his demo tapes when he was young. He was the first artist signed to Def Jam in 1984 and released the underground hit "I Need a Beat". The song was the first hit record for wikiki Def Jam, and its success persuaded him to drop out of school to record Radio (1985). The album was released to critical acclaim, as LL Cool J was one of the first rappers to use conventional song structure to make pop oriented rap.[citation needed] "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "Rock the Bells" were successful and helped the album go platinum. "Rock the Bells" and another track, "Dear Yvette", both spawned 'answer records' to which L.L. never responded. In 1987, he released Bigger and Deffer. The ballad "I Need Love" was one of the first hit pop-rap songs.

"Don't call it a comeback":
Around the late 1980s, hip hop began experiencing a shift in consciousness away from the music's early themes of partying and braggadocio, to more socially aware issues such as drug abuse, race and racism, and economic empowerment. LL Cool J, as a result, experienced a drop in popularity due to the view that his music was behind the times and materialistic.
Following this, LL released Mama Said Knock You Out, generally leaning towards a tough street image. The record reestablished his reputation in the hip-hop community. It spawned three hit singles, "The Boomin' System," "Around the Way Girl," and the title track, which received special notice after LL Cool J's dynamic performance of it during an episode of MTV Unplugged. It was also featured in the film The Hard Way. The album included themes of police misconduct, spirituality along with back-to-basics hip-hop party rocking. Mama Said... eventually went on to sell over two million copies. It marked the first of many self-reinventions LL Cool J would undergo to adapt to hip-hop's often changing atmosphere.
After acting in The Hard Way and Toys, he released 14 Shots To The Dome (1993) to muted sales and mixed reviews, despite producing the small hit "Back Seat of My Jeep." He starred in In the House, an NBC sitcom, before releasing Mr. Smith (1995), which went on to sell over two million copies. Its singles, "Doin' It" and "Loungin", were two of the biggest songs in 1996 and both songs' music videos were hugely successful on MTV. Another of the album's singles, "Hey Lover", featured Boyz II Men sampling Michael Jackson's "Lady of My Life," which eventually became one of the first hip hop music videos to air on American VH1. The song also earned LL a Grammy Award.
In 1996, LL also helped to launch a clothing line named FUBU an acronym for "For Us, By Us", meaning the clothes were made for, and marketed to, African-Americans by African-Americans. Around this time he became partially involved in the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry when 2Pac dissed him, apparently in response to LL Cool J's "I Shot Ya" and its remix, both of which were featured on his "Mr. Smith" album. Neither of the songs however mention 2Pac or the simmering East Coast-West Coast conflict.

Life after "Mr. Smith":
After the double platinum success of "Mr. Smith", LL began work on his next album. In 1997, he released the album Phenomenon. The first single, "Phenomenon" was a minor hit but the autobiographical single "Father" was a major hit. The other single off the album, "I Shot Ya Remix", provided the opportunity for upcoming rapper Foxy Brown to start her career.
The second single from Phenomenon was "4, 3, 2, 1" which featured Method Man, Redman and introducing DMX and Canibus. In the original version of the song, Canibus rapped "Yo L, is that a mic on your arm? Lemme borrow that", referring to LL's tattoo of a microphone on his arm. LL heard the verse, interpreted it as a diss, and responded to it with his own verse. This essentially created a battle between two MCs in the same song. In an attempt to calm tension, LL later called Canibus to say he saw the line as disrespect, and asked him to change it, to which Canibus complied. LL did not remove his verse, believing that with Canibus' verse gone no one would know who he was referring to in his verse. However, the original version of the song was leaked to the public. This would set up a rivalry. Canibus released his single "Second Round K.O.", containing lyrics dissing LL, who later responded with "Ripper Strikes Back." In this song he not only dissed Wyclef, Canibus' producer, but went on to berate ex-friend Mike Tyson for appearing on "Second Round K.O." LL did another diss, with "Back Where I Belong" featuring Ja Rule. Canibus replied to both tracks with his "Rip the Jacker" using LL's "I'm Bad" backing track.
In 2000, he released the album G.O.A.T., which stood for the "greatest of all time." It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, giving him his first chart-topper on that chart. Nonetheless, the album failed to produce the numbers of LL's previous releases, stalling at gold.
Cool J's next album 10 from 2002, which denoted LL's 10th studio album, did not fare much better than his 9th. Although it included the popular singles "Paradise" (featuring Amerie), "Luv U Better," and the hit 2003 Jennifer Lopez duet, "All I Have," the album only reached gold status. His 11th album, The DEFinition (2004), saw some hits and went gold as well.
LL's latest studio album, Todd Smith, was released on April 11, 2006. It includes collaborations with 112, Ginuwine, Juelz Santana, Teairra Mari and Freeway. The first single was the Jermaine Dupri produced "Control Myself," another song with singer Jennifer "J-Lo" Lopez. Cool J and J.Lo shot the video for "Control Myself" on January 2, 2006 at Sony Studios, New York. The second video, directed by Hype Williams, was "Freeze" featuring Lyfe Jennings. LL's has blamed disappointing sales of the album on Def Jam President Jay-Z.
In July 2006, LL announced details about his final album with Def Jam recordings, the only label he has ever been signed to. The album is titled Exit 13. The album will reportedly be executively produced by fellow Queens rapper 50 Cent. The duo have worked together previously on the remix to the single "Freeze" from the Todd Smith LP, which was titled "Bump This". Exit 13 had been slated for a fall 2006 release, however, the album did not emerge and now seems likely to surface in 2008 instead. It will be LL's final Def Jam Album.

Other works and ventures:

Fashion:
Cool J launched a clothing line (also called Todd Smith), which is aimed towards the higher end of the market while a less expensive range will be released called "T.S". Consultancy work by Dolce & Gabbana and Marks & Spencer is an influence on the designs. LL partnered with fashion executives, Ronald and William Gallo to form a company called Standard Fashion, where Ronald & Smith are both co-managing directors. The aim of marketing for the clothes line is to be oriented towards the clothing rather than LL Cool J. Smith had previously dabbled in fashion, having worked behind the scenes with the mid-eighties Hip-Hop sportswear line TROOP[3] and, as mentioned earlier, he helped launch the Hip-Hop fashion line FUBU in the 1990s. The future face of Todd Smith fashion line is rumored to be Sean John/Ralph Lauren model Kevin Navayne.

Books:
LL Cool J has authored three books, with his first venture in 1998 "I Make My Own Rules", his autobiography co-written with Karen Hunter. His second venture into the literary world came with the children-oriented book called "And The Winner Is..." in 2002. In 2006, LL and with his personal trainer, Dave "Scooter" Honig wrote a book "The Platinum Workout" providing detailed information on how and what people can do to better themselves physically in terms of diet, workout, philosophy and ideology.

Businessman and entrepreneur:
LL has started his own businesses in the music industry such as the music label in 1993 called P.O.G. (Power Of God) and formed the company Rock The Bells to produce music. With the Rock The Bells label, LL had artists such as Amyth, Smokeman and Simone Starks. LL's involvement with the artists would extend to co-producing and writing songs for his artists. LL has sold his part ownership of Def Jam and turned down the Def Jam president job 10 years ago (as of year 2007) based on LL not believing he was qualified enough.

Acting career:
LL has had his share of acting roles and cameos in various television shows and movies. LL has stated that his main inspiration and influence for becoming an actor is from the late martial artist Bruce Lee. His first major acting role was as Captain Patrick Zevo, the militant cousin of Robin Williams in the cult classic Toys, although previously he had a non acting cameo in the 1985 hip-hop movie, Krush Groove. He also had a strong supporting role in the Renny Harlin flick Deep Blue Sea as Preacher, a recovering alcoholic who had found religion and worked as the chef for the wet-lab.
LL has appeared in many TV series, with one of his earliest guest appearance as the teacher Mr. Throneberry on the cult Nickelodeon children's series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, to more recent as a death row convict on the show House. His most notable role on television was the role he played as Marion Hill in the NBC and UPN sitcom In the House for five seasons before the show was cancelled. They originally centered around the interaction between Marion and Jackie Warren (Debbie Allen), but with the introduction of new characters the show turned to the story behind his sport clinic. The show received rave reviews for its depiction of African-American males (Marion was a vegetarian, meditated, and rarely swore). LL also co-starred in the 2003 featured film remake of 1975 TV series S.W.A.T. Playing "Deacon 'Deke' Kay". LL has also expanded his career with providing voice-over for animations where he was originally in the film Rugrats Go Wild! as the voice of a Piki doll, but his character was removed from the final cut
LL is currently working on a CBS pilot called The Man with The OC's Melinda Clarke to be shown in 2007.

Controversy:
Recently LL was hosting a fashion show for AllHipHop.com hip hop week. It was there that LL was interviewed by BlokTV, a new up and coming entertainment & media variety show on dish network. LL was said to have taken shots at Def Jam's President Jay Z for not "doing his job". The interview has sparked much attention and circulated the internet via YouTube.com as well as many other websites, gossip sites and blog sites.
LL Cool J onstage presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award to actor Michael Emerson during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
LL Cool J onstage presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award to actor Michael Emerson during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
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LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell onstage presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell onstage presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
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LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell onstage presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell onstage presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
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LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell onstage presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell onstage presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
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LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell onstage presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell onstage presenting the Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series award during the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
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LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell arrive at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20th 2009 in Los Angeles
LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell arrive at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20th 2009 in Los Angeles
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LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell arrive at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20th 2009 in Los Angeles
LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell arrive at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20th 2009 in Los Angeles
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LL Cool J and Chris ODonnell arrive at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20th 2009 in Los Angeles
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LL Cool J arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20th 2009 in Los Angeles
LL Cool J arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre on September 20th 2009 in Los Angeles
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