LL Cool J has been a prominent figure in Hip Hop since his 1984 debut, Radio. Acting soon followed, including 90s sitcom, In the House, and several film and television roles that have sustained him for over 30 years.
While the rapper-turned-actor has the means to spoil his kids rotten, James Todd Smith and wife Simone believe in giving their children something to work for, making sure they understand the value of contributing to society.
Check out LL dropping knowledge on Oprah’s Master Class below.
Oprah’s Master Class airs Saturday, September 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.