Before the rap-turned-pop star was a fun lovin' ladies man, LL Cool J was a street -smart kid from Queens in search of a record deal. After shopping his demo at various labels, he signed with Def Jam and released Radio in 1985. An instant commercial success, Radio went platinum based on the strength of its first two singles, "I Can't Live Without My Radio" and "Rock the Bells." The immediate and widespread popularity of the album had as much to do with LL Cool J's boyish good looks and muscular physique, as it did with his sharp delivery and imaginative rhymes. Most importantly, Radio's success broadened the scope of pop music to include hip-hop.
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