On his second album "B.A.D." (Bigger And Deffer), his single "I'm Bad" sampled the main theme of the 70's TV show "S.W.A.T." (1975) and, years later, he co-starred in the movie adaptation of that show.
Wrote and performed the first ever rap love song "I Need Love" in 1985.
He has been on Def Jam Records longer than any other artists from its start in 1985 to the present.
Has four children (one boy and three girls): Najee (b. 1989), Italia (b. 1990), Samaria (b. 1995), and Nina Simone (b. 2000).
Homaged/satirized in Sonic Youth's song "Kool Thing" (from the 1990 album "Goo").
Hosted The 28th Annual American Music Awards (2001) (TV) with Britney Spears. 
Appeared with Rollerball (2002) co-star Chris Klein on World Wrestling Federation programming in early 2002 to promote the film. They appeared with APA members Ron Simmons (aka Faarooq) and John Layfield (aka Bradshaw), both of whom appear in the film along with a number of other WWF Superstars.