LL Cool J: Def Jam refrain

Rapper reups at Island

NEW YORK — Hip-hop mainstay LL Cool J has reupped his recording contract with the Island Def Jam Music Group, whose flagship imprint Def Jam Records has been the Queens-bred rapper’s professional home for the past two decades.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Cool J, born James Todd Smith, started his recording career with Def Jam at age 17 with his full-length debut. He has since put out nine records with the label, including the multi-platinum releases “Bigger and Deffer,” “Mama Said Knock You Out” and “Mr. Smith.”

“LL Cool J is a shining example of the longevity and power of hip-hop,” said Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons. “In fact, he is the embodiment of hip-hop. He is one of the architects of the Def Jam culture. I am privileged to work with a man who is both a pioneer and a legend.”

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