EXIT of the DAY: Exit 34 on I-278 To Queens, Mid-Town Tunnel and Long Island Expressway in Sunnyside, Queens.
Ok Road Crew, check out the white sign for the upcoming Exit - the Queens Midtown Tunnel. It distinguishes the largely working class borough of Queens from Midtown Manhattan -- the access point for major corporate players on Media, Advertising and Communications. One person who embodies a player in all those sectors crossed over from Queens but never forgot where he came from. Like the tunnel itself, he connects his humble roots to touch millions. In doing so, he has become an industry unto himself.
"Going back to Cali" by Queens native LL Cool J is ranked as one of the Top 50 Road Trip Songs according to Time Out magazine. Maybe because it boasts the coolest sax solo in all hip-hop. Or maybe because Mister Ladies Love Cool James really does not care if he goes anywhere specific-- so long as he is Road Trippin' in his tricked out Corvette, cruising with his beautiful wife, Simone -- and family... and, of course, listening to RoadSpoke Talking Tours!
LL Cool J stands for Ladies Love Cool James. But before he was LLCoolJ, he simply was "James". Always searching, James Todd Smith's first hit at the ripe old age of 16 investigated the lack of musical inspiration in a rap anthem called "I need a Beat." In March 1984, when NYU student Rick Rubin and promoter-manager Russell Simmons founded the then-independent Def Jam label, 16-year-old Hollis, Queens-native LL Cool J was creating demo tapes in his grandparents' home. The commercial success of "I Need a Beat", along with the Beastie Boys' single "Rock Hard" (1984), helped launch the iconic label, Def Jam.
Concurrently his first film role was in a high school football movie called "Wildcats". Cool J then landed the role of Captain Patrick Zevo in the 1992 film "Toys" in which he shared the silver screen with Robin Williams.
As we all know, LL Cool J is currently a series lead with Chris O'Donnell on "NCIS: Los Angeles".
Cool J portrays NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna, an ex–Navy SEAL who is fluent in Arabic and an expert on West Asian culture.
But perhaps what best accounts for his getting a 2016 Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is the fact that he appeared on Sesame Street.
LL Cool J appeared in Sesame Street's 39th season where he introduced the word of the day, "Unanimous".
Obviously it is unanimous that the Ladies Love Cool James and so do people of all sexes -- especially fans from Queens who love road trips!
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