Q&A with LL Cool J

LL Cool J is certainly "doin' it well," whether "It" be rapping, acting, or, most recently, hosting the wildly popular Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV. LL is the center of a show where Mike Tyson can come out and lip sync to Salt-N-Pepa, or Anne Hathaway can light up the internet with an inspired performance of Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball." "This season's been a dream," says LL, reflecting on the hit that seems to produce at least one viral video weekly. We talked to LL about what he thinks is the secret to LSB's success, his favorite things, and if we'll ever see him take the Lip Sync stage!

-Adam Downer

GGM: Why do you think Lip Sync Battle has become such a huge hit?

LL: Man, I think you get to see superstars who are usually super-serious get to be super-silly! I think people like seeing people let their hair down, and not take themselves so seriously. It’s a show of pure entertainment. Nobody’s hawking anything, nobody’s forcing anything down anybody’s throat. It’s just fun! And I think that’s cool.

GGM: How is talent booked on the show? Are you flooded with celebrities trying to get on?

LL: Yeah! A lot of people reach out. If it gets to a second season, we’ll see what happens, but the booking so far has been great. Everyone from Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt to Mike Tyson and Terry Crews. The thing has been crazy! A lot of fun man. The cool thing is that the celebs that have come on and let their hair down. A lot of people just enjoy it.

GGM: Can you tell me who put on your favorite performance of the season so far?

LL: Man… that is so hard to say because every week, when you think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t! (laughs) I gotta tell you, for me, the most out of the box performance was probably Mike Tyson. Seeing Mike Tyson do “Push It.”

GGM: Who do you want to see on the show? Do you have a dream guest you want to book?

LL: This season has been a dream! We’ve gotten great people. Hopefully more great people will want to do it, but we have Justin Bieber going against Deion Sanders, man!

GGM: Will we get to see you compete?

LL: I feel an itch. I’m human!

GGM: Do you know what song you’d do if you perform?

LL: You know what, I don’t. You have to achieve that in the moment. It can’t be too complicated. You’re trying to psych out your opponent. You have to do something crazy. Nothing lame.

GGM: What are you jamming recently?

LL: My favorite music right now? I’ve been listening to a lot of stuff. A lot of dance music has been interesting to me, and creative. Some of that Calvin Harris, some of that Mark Ronson. It has interesting vibes to it. DJ Snake stuff. I’ve been feeling a lot of that because it seems innovative. Obviously anything can get tired and rehashed, but that stuff has been cool.

GGM: Have you seen any good movies recently?

LL: Oh definitely. I thought The Imitation Game was unbelievable. I thought The Theory of Everything was amazing. Also, as a miniseries, The Book of Negroes was unbelievable. I just watched it on BET.

GGM: Are there any other TV shows you’re watching?

LL: I mean, I would be lame if I didn’t tell you I was watching my own show, NCIS: Los Angeles (laughs). Besides that though, I’ve been watching Marco Polo. That seemed pretty interesting.

GGM: Can you tell me a favorite restaurant?

LL: Craig’s in LA is awesome.

GGM: Is there a certain Tuxedo brand or designer you like to turn to when you’re doing a red carpet event?

LL: Armani. Mr. Armani makes me a lot of personalized custom stuff, and that’s great.

GGM: Can you tell me something you splurged on recently?

LL: (laughs) That’s pretty funny, but I don’t spend a lot of money! I know that sounds boring, but I don’t really buy anything major.

GGM: Thanks a lot for takin’ the time man!

LL: I appreciate you man, and if you see me, come up to me!

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