He is a rapper, entrepreneur, and actor. He has released thirteen studio albums and two greatest hits compilations including "Mama Said Knock You Out" in 1990 and "The DEFinition" in 2004. His latest album "Authentic" was released on April 30, 2013. He is well known for the popular hip-hop tracks, "I Can't Live Without My Radio", "I'm Bad", and "Rock The Bells" among others. He has also appeared in numerous films and TV shows including: "Krush Groove", "Charlie's Angels", "Deliver Us from Eva", "Last Holiday", "Kingdom Come" and "30 Rock".
He is currently starring on the CBS crime drama TV series, "NCIS: Los Angeles" as Special Agent Sam Hanna. He has won several awards including, a Grammy award in 1992 and 1997; an MTV Best Rap Video Music Award in 1991; 4 NAACP Image Awards; and 2 Soul Train Music Awards. He was inducted into Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
In an interview with Crosswalk, he talked extensively about his faith. He said, "I’m a Christian. Faith is a huge part of what I do, on every level – and I mean from salvation to tithes and offerings, and on every level and every dynamic that you can think about. ... I was raised in church, and I read the Bible constantly. I stay in the Word constantly, on every level, because ultimately I think that we need that strength. You need that power in your life – that wisdom and discernment. You need that rain on all the seeds that are inside of you, and constantly nurture that potential that God placed inside of you, by watering it with that Word and constantly getting that in you, so that you can deal with the industry, so that you can deal with the trials and tribulations and temptations that come your way because of film, because of television, music...."
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