"I was just 19, something like that," LL Cool J told host Jimmy Kimmel. "It was Easter and I was driving down the block in my mother's car."
The rapper said it all started when he stopped the car to say hello to a friend. "He said, 'Hey, you wanna meet my cousin?"
At first, LL Cool J told his friend that he had somewhere else to go, but seeing Smith for the first time changed his mind. "I looked over and said 'Oh yeah, I'll meet your cousin.'"