5 LL Cool J songs that always bring us back

It's not just the ladies that love Cool James
LL Cool J
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Happy Birthday to LL Cool J! Born James Todd Smith, the living legend turns 54 years old on Friday January 14. Known for his clever wordplay during the early days of Hip Hop, the Queens-native was also newly inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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LL’s music career spans nearly four decades. Beginning in the mid-80s as one of Def Jam’s early signees, the two-time GRAMMY winner reached commercial success after the release of his 1985 debut album Radio, which later became RIAA certified platinum, surpassing one million copies in sales by 1989.

Whether it’s a lyrical track like “Mama Said Knock You Out” or a jam for the ladies like “I Need Love,” LL Cool J has a song for everyone. To celebrate LL’s big day, we compiled five of his timeless tracks from the 80s and 90s.

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