LL Cool J said in his autobiography that the idea for the song “Mama Said Knock You Out” came from a discussion with his grandmother. He said to his grandmother that he felt that he couldn’t survive as a rapper now that gangster/hardcore rapwas popular and he was being talked aboutby several up-and-coming rappers; and seen in as washed up. She responded, “Oh baby, just knock them out!”
LL made the transition to acting years ago (from Hollis to Hollywood) and he’s now enjoying a lot of success with hisrole on the TV hit NCIS: Los Angeles. On his journey from rapper, to actor, celebrity host and entrepreneur, LL didn’t let criticism get him down because he envisioned his goal – the same applies to his working out.
In addition to the eight platinum albums, star in several films and long-running TV shows, having won multiple Grammys, LL made another dream come true by receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Jan.