Today, Jan. 14, is the 49th birthday of Queens-bred rapper LL Cool J.

Born in 1968 on Long Island, New York, LL burst on the rap scene in the mid-1980s. His first album, Radio, released in 1985, went platinum. He enjoyed his greatest single success with 1991's "Mama Said Knock You Out" from the album of the same name and he didn't stop there. His music career continued to thrive with more platinum records and a Grammy award. He went on to conquer acting, fashion, books and the internet. You may know LL as the recurring host of The Grammys and the new host of Spike's Lip Sync Battle.

LL shocked many when he said he was retiring from the rap world in early 2016, but then promptly took back the claim and said he was actually planning to drop a new album. With over 20 years in the game and still going strong, J's career proves that hip-hop definitely isn't just a young man's sport.

Happy Birthday, LL Cool J!

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