The rapper, born James Todd Smith, appears on the publication's front shirtless, flexing muscles in both his chest and tattooed-covered arm. While LL, who stars in the CBS series 'NCIS: Los Angeles,' is known for his charming smile, he sports a rather serious gaze, which hints at the fact that when it comes to his chiseled frame, he means business.
At 43 years old, the rhymer-turned-actor last appeared on a Men's Fitness cover back in August 2008. The 'Headsprung' lyricist is an avid health buff, having published a fitness book in 2006 titled 'LL Cool J's Platinum Workout: Sculpt Your Best Body Ever with Hollywood's Fittest Star.' In 2009, he debuted another read centered on health and wellness, 'LL Cool J's Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle: A Full-Circle Guide to Developing Your Mind, Body, and Soul.'
As his new magazine cover hits store shelves, LL Cool J will be one of a number of presenters at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will simulcast live on TNT and TBS, Sunday, Jan. 30, at 8PM (ET).