LL Cool J, who turns 40 today, loves being a dad to the four children he shares with wife of twelve years Simone.

“It’s an opportunity to shape and mold a young mind,” he tells me. “To turn them into a contributing member of society, and to create. You actually get to mold a human being into something that is great if you do the job right. So far, I think I’m okay.”

Son Najee, 18, and daughters Italia, 17, Samaria, 12, and Nina, 7, will certainly gather ‘round for a slice of birthday cake with dear ol’ dad.

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