Malik "Dwayne" Smith, being of sound mind and body,
have taken an oath to create entertaining music and products.
Sworn in the game at the tender age of 15 in the year 1985, my
professional experience came that same year. I was taken under the
wing of Robert "Bobby" Wright who had
produced that summers banger "I'm Never Gonna Let You Go" by Chandra
a diva from Brooklyn, NY signed to Sleeping Bag Records. During
this period of my life I created featured rap lyrics for specified
while learning to maneuver around the studio and learning the professional
this age of 15 years old I had just moved back to New York after
living in Orlando, FL for the last
five and a half years. In
the 10 grade I attended Springfield High School in Queens, NY, where
I met Marcus Hardy and we formed a group called RIP & TEAR.
After experimenting with many personas RIP actually became a
part of me as I visualized ripping my competition to shreds in a
battle. My years of staying in Orlando helped me groom
my musical tastes into a mixture of southern and
northern styles. From my view of the hip-hop culture it was
sort of like
both worlds. Florida has a club, dance or more gangsta (bassy)
type sound, and up north New York has more drums, snare and
lyrical appeal. In Rosedale, Queens I met Wayne Willis now of
Or Death Entertainment. We were about 15,16 years old and he
had just moved from the Bronx and became our beatbox. In the spring
of my 11th grade year I was transferred to Newtown High school
in East Elmhurst Queens. Here is where I met Corey Hilliard, who
on gave me my first radio interview and radio play when he was
working at 105.9 FM in Manhattan, NY. Corey is presently employed
Or Death Entertainment.
I graduated from Newtown
High school in January 1989.After high school I moved to Far Rockaway,
my grandmother where I met
Percy Chapman aka Tragedy aka imam Khadafi founder of 25 to Life
Entertainment. I was part of Tragedy’s crew and he was under
the close watch and veteran eye of Marley Marl, a founder of the
world renound Juice Crew. At this time Tragedy had a record deal
with A&M records and he released his first solo album which
resulted in my first video cameo. "Black and Proud" was
the first single off of that album "The intelligent Hoodlum".
I gave Percy moral and musical support and input for the next year
and a half.
In 1989-91, I continued
to gain industry experience through my endeavors with Tragedy. Soon
after, we parted ways. For the next 3-4 years, I worked as an apprentice
barber in a barbershop in South Jamaica Queens while attending York
college, majoring in biology.
In 1994 I started promoting Life or Death Entertainment
with the help of Carlton Preston the co-founder. The following year
June 1995 we released my first independent single and mixtape. The
single was side A "Player Till I Die" and side B was "NYC
The Money and the Murder" by RIP featuring Stick N Move a group
from Rosedale, Queens. The mixtape had strictly unsigned artists
from almost every part of Queens. Quite a few artists from the mixtape
went on to run with well known artist. We started promoting logo
and tee-shirt design to expand the notoriety of our company. Getting
work with Puffy's Daddy's house (a social program), Cool-G
Rap (wise guy management), Tragedy (25 to life entertainment), NORE (Thugged
Out Entertainment), Leota Blacknor, formerly of Ruff
Ryders and now of Virgin Records, just to name a few.
In 1996-2001 I was taken under the wing of Levi
Little, an original member of Blackstreet.
I opened up shows for him, did roae manager work, assisted with
the routine performance for shows, hired and fired musicians,
engineered recording sessions, and wrote songs and hooks. I gained
a close up view on live instruments and the art of live music
performances, as well as video appearances.
2001-2003 I went into a joint venture with Aarron
Phillips producer of Pink (the pop artist)
for an artist we were developing named Wes Kraven out of Orlando,
Fl. I wrote and produced songs for Wes Kraven while recording
in SONY studios.
2002-PRESENT We have signed and are developing
a group called the ILLSPITTAZ out of Winston Salem, NC and Str8
Business, a solo artist out of Far Rockaway, NY. The ILLSPITTAZ
consists of 2 black males and a white male. Currently I am focused
on marketing, production, and artist development, as well as internet