- Stage name was shortened from the original "Ladies Love Cool James."
- 1985 debut single "I Need a Beat" was also the first song released on the Def Jam recording label.
- Appeared in the 1985 hip-hop movie Krush Groove; first lead role was in the 2003 comedy Deliver Us From Eva.
- Has written several books, including an autobiography in 1998, I Make My Own Rules.
- Launched his own clothing line, Todd Smith, in 2008.
- 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class Programs: Nominee
- 1996, Grammy — Best Male Rap Solo Performance: Winner
- 1991, Grammy — Best Male Rap Solo Performance: Winner
- Najee Smith — Son
- Italia Smith — Daughter
- Ondrea Smith — Mother
- Samaria Smith — Daughter
- Simone I. Johnson — Wife
- James Smith — Father
- Nina Simone Smith — Daughter
Season 5, Episode 18
- Birth Name: James Todd Smith
- Birth Place: Bay Shore, NY
- Birthday: January 14, 1968, Capricorn
- Profession: Rapper, Actor
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