The suspect entered the rapper's Los Angeles home in the early hours of this morning

LL Cool J reportedly broke a burglar’s nose and jaw after he found him intruding on his Los Angeles property in the early hours of this morning (August 22).

According to TMZ, the rapper came “face to face” with the burglary suspect after the man entered the hip-hop legend’s home at around 2am (PST) today.

Upon hearing unexplained noise in his property, LL Cool J – real name James Todd Smith – went to investigate and ended up fighting the suspect, who is now in hospital being treated for his injuries. It is thought that the male suspect may be suffering from “mental issues”.

LL Cool J detained the suspect until the police came to arrest him. With regards to the fight, a representative for LL Cool J told TMZ: “He is committed to keeping his family safe and is cooperating with authorities.”

LL Cool J last released an album in 2008. ‘Exit 13’ was put out on Def Jam Recordings and was his final LP for his long-term label.