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Tim Smooth, pioneering and influential New Orleans rapper, has passed away

Posted by Eric Brightwell, July 27, 2011 03:00pm | Post a Comment
Pioneering New Orleans rapper Tim Smooth died yesterday (Tuesday 26th 2011) at the young age of 39, after a long battle with cancer.


Though not a household name outside of New Orleans and circles of New Orleans Rap fans, he was one of the undisputed pioneers in the city's scene. Like a hip-hop Zelig he seemed to exist in the eye of the city's musical storm, never to break out nationally but always respected by musicians around him. In a violent era that saw many of New Orleans' musical talents cut down at a young age, Smooth collaborated freely and frequently with members of warring camps, always appreciated and always relevant. It was with especially cruel irony that Smooth, a rapper gifted with both lyrics and flow, was felled by cancer of the mouth and tongue.

Tim Smooth was born Timothy Smoot west if New Orleans in the Kennedy Heights area of Waggaman, on the West Bank in Jefferson Parish. He took the title “the Knight from Kennedy Heights.” and began

rapping as a student at Marrero's L.W. Higgins High School. In the '80s, rap from anywhere but the east and west coasts was a regional thing. New Orleans produced Ninja Crew, New York IncorporatedWarren Mayes, MC J' Ro J', 39 Posse and Tim Smooth. When labels were interested, it was usually other southern labels like Dallas's Yo! Records and Ft. Lauderdale's 4 Sight. If the major labels were aware of southern rap, they certainly kept quiet about it.

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