'I Had A Big Moment': LL Cool J Explains Selection Of His Rap Name On 'Late Night With Seth Meyers'

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Lindsay Cronin

LL Cool J looked back on his rap career while appearing on an episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers earlier this month.

After confirming that he signed his first record deal at just 16 years old, the rapper and actor looked back on his very first rap, as well as the selection of his rap name.

LL Cool J Wrote His First Rap At 11

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On the August 5 episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers, via YouTube, LL Cool J revealed that after becoming a fan of rap and hip-hop at 9 years old, he started writing at 11. And, without skipping a beat, Seth Meyers immediately questioned him about his very first rap.

"I got stuff so silly like, I mean, the very first ever rhyme I wrote, like, I must’ve been like 11-years-old: When you get off the wall and you bust your b-lls, skibby-dibby-dap-dee-doo. I’m gonna rock you up, I’m gonna rock you down and I’m gonna do it just for you. For those of you who don’t know me, I be the famous rappin’ Rapper T… Stuff like that, you know?" he shared.

LL Cool J Considered The Rap Name 'Delux'

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As for his rap name, LL Cool J, whose real name is James Todd Smith, agreed with Meyers that the selection of the name is very important, saying that “without a doubt” it is a crucial decision.

He then admitted that he considered a couple of different names before settling on LL Cool J, joking that his first choice, Delux, wasn't his finest idea.

"Delux kinda sounds like a Happy Meal of some sort. I don’t know, it’s some sort of food assist thing or a vacuum cleaner. I don’t know," he laughed. "So Delux wasn’t gonna work."

LL Cool J Almost Became Jay Ski

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LL Cool J then shared that he thought of the name Jay Ski.

"I didn’t really understand the connotations of that back then, the snow. Jay Ski, so that really didn’t work cuz that wouldn’t have scaled well," he joked of the cocaine reference. ”The other names were just moments in time. But you know, I remember going through the Jay Ski Cool J thing."

LL Cool J Explains How His Chosen Name Came About On 'Late Night With Seth Meyers'

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After deciding on the name Cool J around the age of 12, LL Cool J got some help from friend Mikey D with the rest.

"His name was Playboy Mikey D and then he had another friend that was Red Hot Lovers and this and that. So Mike was like, ‘Yo, but you gotta have something with the girls.’ So I’m like, ‘Yeah.’ He’s like, ‘How about some Ladies Love?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s what it is. Ladies Love Cool J. So I just… It’s like wishful thinking. You know you are, 15, 16, Ladies Love Cool J. It just felt so right," he noted.

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