LL Cool J is a family man who knows that parenting is all about compromise. He tells media, “Being a working parent is about sacrifice, right? I have a dog and I’m allergic to dogs. That’s a perfect example. I’m sneezing, my eyes are red, I’m using eye drops. I got a daughter who loves a dog, [so] I got to have a dog. It’s crazy. What can I do?”


During family time, LL has many fun activities up his sleeve but, in the spirit of compromise, chooses to leave the decision-making process up to his kids. “Every one of them is different. And it’s about what they want to do. I make it about them,” says the Hip Hop artist.

LL Cool J tells media that his favorite aspect of school was sports. “As a student I loved basketball, I loved boxing,” explains the artist. “I still love boxing. Boxing is my favorite sport. I loved all athletics. I’ve always been a very sports-oriented, athletic kind of guy — whether it was weightlifting, exercising, martial arts, football, basketball, baseball … I’ve just always loved athletics.” The rap star has four children-Italia, Samaria, Najee, and Nina-with wife Simone Smith.




Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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