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Monday, May 08 2006 | 13:12

Smitty is no stranger to the hip hop scene, he’s been in the game sometime now writing for some of hip hop’s heavyweights. He has finally broken through from being behind the scenes to making it to the forefront. Counterflow have compiled a selection of tracks that best represents Smitty’s talent range as a rapper as well as a lyricist, perhaps some of his best work to date. This is no holds barred, creativity at its peak, one of those gems that will circulate with ominace. The features are crazy. The immediate result was Smitty penning songs for “The Wash Soundtrack” (“Hollywood”) as well as ghostwriting verses for Dre’s now shelved “Detox” album. An offer to sign with Aftermath Records was extended but never came to fruition. “Everything was going smooth but it just didn’t pan out the way I wanted it,” recalls Smitty. “By the time we got around to something definite I had moved on to something else.” That something else was connecting with Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, which resulted in penning an assortment of songs for P. Diddy including the smashes “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (w/ Nelly & Murphy Lee) and B2K’s “Bump, Bump, Bump.” Again, a record deal offer was forthcoming but Smitty played it cool, only heightening his rep. His songwriting success is only part of the ingredients that have led to Smitty’s deafening buzz. Before meeting Dre he rapped for and became personal friends with veteran hip hop legend Scarface. Then while dealing with Puff, Roc-A-Fella Records showed interest after his lyrical barbs impressed Jay-Z who became acquainted with Smitty since he was a member of Face Mob (Malice, Big Gee and Scarface with Jazzy Pha on production).

Now a solo artist, his “Voice of The Ghetto” album is sure to be only the beginning of a stellar career. “Diamonds on My Neck” from his major label debut has proven to be a bonafide club banger and was proclaimed the anthem for 2005’s Memorial Day Weekend by Miami DJ Irie from the Heat and WEDR-FM. “The Voice of The Ghetto” features top shelf producers that include Kanye West, Jazze Pha, Akon, 9th Wonder, Hi-Tek, StreetRunner, Scram Jones, Buckwild and more.

The album SmittyVoice Of The Ghetto” (Counterflow) will be released June 16, 2006.

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