LL Cool J on his Continued Connection to Hip-Hop - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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As one of the first artists signed to entrepreneur Russell Simons‘ legendary hip-hop label Def Jam Records, James Todd Smith, better known to music fans as LL Cool J,  has had quite a career. From a baby-faced rapper with several platinum plaques and awards on his musical resume to an established actor, author and entrepreneur, the Queens, NY native has evolved as a performer and businessman. While he currently appears as a lead character on NCIS: Los Angeles, LL always remains close to his musical roots. In fact, while being honored as a musical icon at the BET Hip-Hop Awards LL shared his views with BlackEnterprise.com on the culture’s evolution and his continued connection to it.


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Anslem Samuel

Anslem Samuel, Senior Producer, has been a culture critic and entertainment journalist for over 10 years. After a four-year stint as Culture Editor at The Source, the New York native became the founding Editor-in-Chief of The Ave, an independent quarterly publication that combined entertainment, social issues and politics. From there, he served as the Senior Editor for XXL magazine for three years before moving up the ranks to Digital Content Director for XXLMag.com. Also heading up an award-winning relationship blog, he now brings his lifestyle expertise to BlackEnterprise.com


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