LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: LL Cool J speaks onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy )

Happy 53rd birthday, LL Cool J!

LL Cool J is truly the king of cool. He was born James Todd Smith on Jan. 14, 1968, and went on to be one of the most successful rappers, actors and record producers of his era.

What’s your favorite LL Cool J song? Here are some of ours, plus a cool video naming his top 10!

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!