LL Cool J, originally named James Todd Smith at birth, is a world-class rapper and a respected personality in the music industry. His love for rap and the desire to become a notable rapper came to life in his younger years after his jazz saxophonist grandfather gifted him an amplifier, an audio mixer, and two turntables worth $2,000. The musician began rapping before the age of 9 and by the time he clocked 16, he was already creating demo tapes with the hip-hop group The Treacherous Three, which he credits as his earliest inspiration. Today, he has established himself as an accomplished rapper, record producer, actor, author, and businessman.
Besides all of his endeavors in the rap world, the rapper has also had a good run with love and family. Although his’ seems to be a rather large one, here’s a walk through the family of LL Cool J with Details about his wife and kids.
Who is LL Cool J’s Wife?
LL Cool J is married to Simone Smith, a hardworking mother to his kids and his biggest supporter. The two met for the first time when she was 17 through her cousin who happens to be LL Cool J’s friend. They dated for eight years and eventually got married in the year 1995. Simone Smith was raised in the suburbs of New York by her grandparents in the 1980s and that is about all the detail available about her early life.
The successful businesswoman kicked off her venture into the business world with her custom-made, beaded bandana line known as Ms. got rocks. She has expanded in many ways since that first attempt and currently has a jewelry collection called Simone I. Smith which was launched in 2011. Simone, who derives so much joy in designing bracelets and earrings, has also featured on TV shows like The Insider, Entertainment Tonight, and The Talk while her jewelry has made it to the pages of Instyle and Essence. Some big names in the music world who have rocked the products from her jewelry are Missy Elliot, Rihanna, Rachael Ray, and Hoda Kotb.
Success for the rapper’s wife went beyond business after she survived cancer. In 2004, she was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer called chondrosarcoma. Fortunately, she recovered and has been cancer-free for over a decade. Soon after, she became a great supporter of the research into cancer and has worked with the American Cancer Society.
Meet The Rapper’s Kids
Rapper LL Cool J does not just hold a good ground as a loving husband to his wife but also a doting father to his kids. The rapper is a father of four – a son named Najee Laurent Todd Eugene Smith and three daughters named Nina Simone Smith, Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith, and Italia Anita Maria Smith.
Najee who is the rapper’s first son was born on 18th September 1989 after 28 hours of labor, according to his mother’s revelation. Smith and Simone’s first offspring is a very private person and has chosen to live off media attention. Nevertheless, we gathered that he is a professional photographer with an impressive following on Instagram.
Their second child and first daughter is Italia Anita Maria Smith who was born on 3rd January 1991 and is happily married to her longtime boyfriend, Lamar Cardinez. The two exchanged marital vows on June 17, 2017, in a beautiful ceremony and are now parents to a lovely boy. Italia is not just a wife and mom, she has equally had a very successful time as a real estate agent.
Samaria Leah Wisdom Smith is Italia’s immediate younger sister and LL Cool J’s third child and second daughter. She was born on September 15, 1995, and was raised between New York and Los Angeles. She holds two degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and is the owner of the Samaria Leah clothing line. She has over 200 thousand followers on her Instagram page.
The last of LL Cool J’s children is his youngest daughter Nina Simone Smith who was born on 9th August 2000. Before attaining adulthood, her parents had ensured that she maintained a low profile, appearing only a few times at celebrity events with her parents. This was until she stepped into her own light by releasing her debut single “Call Me” to celebrate her new age.