‘NCIS: Los Angeles’: How LL Cool J Was Able to Get a Massive Music Artist to Guest Star in Season 12

by Suzanne Halliburton
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NCIS: Los Angeles star LL Cool J is one of the most famous hip-hop stars in history. And earlier this year, he talked another musician into appearing on the series.

Did you see the March episode with Offset? The rapper is part of the hip hop group Migos, along with his cousins Quavo and Takeoff. And Offset made his network acting debut in the NCIS: Los Angeles episode called Alsiyadun, which ran March 1.

“Offset and I, we’ve been talking on and off,” LL Cool J told XXLMag.com. “He kinda came to me and was like ‘Yo I would like to be involved with it.’ One thing led to another. You know they did their process went through their thing and here we are. When you’re a rap artist, they think you’re gonna play a gangster or a thug or you’re gonna play something closer to the streets. And he’s completely away from all of that.”

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Offset Played Undercover CIA on NCIS: Los Angeles

Like LL Cool J, Offset played one of the good guys. On NCIS: Los Angeles, he’s undercover CIA agent, Kadri Kashan Khan. The character’s backstory says he’s worked in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula for years. He embedded with local tribes to monitor terrorists and the movement of weapons in the area.

LL Cool J’s Sam and Chris O’Donnell’s Callen contact Khan because they need his help. Fatima, an NCIS: Los Angeles agent, was captured while on a mission and was being held for ransom somewhere on the Sinai Peninsula.

Offset said of his NCIS: Los Angeles role: “I really hollered at (LL Cool J) and was like ‘Yo this is what I want to do. I didn’t ever wanna come into acting and be like put in this category of being the bad guy all the time. I wanted to show that I can do anything that someone sets in front of me.”

LL Cool J Got Together His NY Hip Hop Friends for Weekend Concert

LL Cool J took a break from the show this weekend. And like he did with Offset, he also talked some other hip hop stars into performing with him.

He went back home to New York to be a part of the We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert on CNN. LL Cool J grew up in Queens and started his music career there. So for the concert, he asked his friends to be on stage, too.

He sang his signature song, Mama Said Knock You Out. LL Cool J then kicked it even more old school, combining with Rev Run for a fun, energetic version of It’s Tricky. The thousands in the crowd danced along. His hip hop segment included New York stars Grand Master Flash, French Montana, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star, Melle Mel, Scorpio and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

A few minutes after the NCIS: Los Angeles star stepped to the stage, the concert was shut down because of lightning and rain in the area. The stage was outdoors in the middle of Central Park. An outer band of Tropical Storm Henri passed over the area and stayed for hours.

NCIS: Los Angeles fans can catch LL Cool J and season 13 on Oct. 10. Stick with Outsider for more details.