Rapper, LL Cool J, who is largely known for his popular rap songs, and longevity in the music industry credits God and tithing for his success. When asked about his longevity in the hip-hop world, LL Cool J replied that “spirituality and believing in God” are his key components.
“Every dime I get, no matter what it is, I give 10 percent to the church,” he began to explain. “I’m a life-long tither. I believe strongly in giving. I believe you got to have that faith. And I’ve seen it work in my life, because as much as people in the world like to take credit and claim to be geniuses, at the end of the day there’s a higher power than you, and you got to answer to that power.”
The rapper said in one interview, “I don’t make moves without consulting God. That’s dangerous.”
Expanding about how important his faith is to him, he said,
I was raised in church. I read the Bible constantly. I stay in the Word constantly on every level, because I think ultimately we need that strength. . . . You need to be able to rain on all the seeds that are inside of you, and constantly nurture your potential that God placed inside of you by watering it with that Word.
In 2004, LL Cool J’s wife, Simone Smith was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer called chondorosarcoma. After her stage III diagnosis, the family, especially Mr. LL himself, stopped everything in order to be with her and to assist her on the road to recovery. It took her almost 2 1/2 years to learn how to walk again after surgery. Simone became a little depressed for a couple of weeks, until her grandmother called her up and told her, ‘you better not be depressed and get prayed up for those doctors who are doing this surgery on you and you’re gonna beat this.’ So Simone said she prayed.
Mrs. Simone Smith is now cancer free.
When asked what keeps her inspired, Simone names three things: her faith in God, her husband and her children.
“We are a family who believes in working hard and pursuing our dreams…”
Simone Smith teamed up with the American Cancer Society to introduce “A Sweet Touch of Hope.”
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