On Thursday (January 12), the GOAT took to social media to share a series of classic photos from throughout his career, including a photo of him in his signature Kangol hat and another with his iconic four-finger “Cool J” ring, which many will remember from the cover of his fourth studio album, Mama said Knock yourself out.
“Should I make a bio picture?” LL COOL J captioned his post asking fans if he should follow in the footsteps of NWA, 2 Pac, The infamous BIGRoxanne Shante, 50 cents, Eminem and others who have made films about their lives.
One person advocating for LL to do a biopic is Grammy-nominated singer/rapper/actor Mack Wilds, who also teased the idea of him stepping into LL’s shoes and playing THE GOAT in the film. “I mean… what are we talking about?” he tweeted along with a laughing emoji.
i mean… what are we talking about? 😁 https://t.co/DVhpnIFn0m
– Mack. (@MACKWILDS) 12 January 2023
HipHopDX contacted Wilds to find out more about his bid to play LL COOL J, and he explained that it’s actually something he’s always wanted to do.
“Hell yes! I would love to play LL,” the talented crooner shared DX. “I’ve been trying to figure out if he’d do a biopic for years.”
Wilds said his connection to LL COOL J – who is an established actor himself, has appeared in numerous Hollywood films as well as the record-breaking TV series NCIS Los Angeles — goes all the way back to his childhood when his father took him to see the “Doin’ It” rapper live.
“LL was my very first gig,” he explained. “He did a free concert in Wingate Park in Brooklyn. My dad took me because he saw that I really connected to his music. He was my first understanding of stage presence.”
LL COOL J has yet to respond to Wilds’ proposal.
Mack Wilds is known for his roles in TV shows such as The thread, Shot fired, 90210and recently Swagger, the Apple TV+ series inspired by Kevin Durant’s youth basketball experience on the AAU court. He also starred in the George Lucas executive produced red tails in 2012.
He released his debut album, New York: A Love Storyin 2013. Executive Produced by Salaam Remi and with people like Method Man, Raekwon and Doug E. Freshit earned Wilds a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but lost Rihanna for his seventh studio album, Unapologetically.
Mack’s last full-length release was 2017’s After hourswhich functions Wale and Tink. Although mostly self-produced, it also features production from Salaam Remi, Teddy Riley, Scott Storch and James Poyser on the song “Love in the 90z.”
In the meantime LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells recently announced the inaugural Hip Hop Experience Cruise in celebration of the genre turning 50 this year.
The unique cruise experience will be brought to life in partnership with Sixthman, and Norwegian Pearl will set sail from Miami to the Bahamas on November 13, 2023 for four nights through November 17, 2023.
A full lineup of artists will be announced at a later date, but guests are welcome to a kick-off party on the deck of the boat with a concert from Trina and Trick Daddy.
“It took 50 years, but it’s finally here! This cruise is for hip hop because you deserve it,” LL COOL J wrote on Instagram. “The Rock The Bells Cruise: A Hip-Hop Experience sets sail in 2023. We’ll ditch the line at the top of the new year, but put down $100 to reserve your cabin today or sign up to be first in line .”