The Legendary Smooth B releases new EP album ‘Before’

The songwriter and producer of rap and hip hop known as the Legendary Smooth B has released his latest official EP album, “Before.” The EP album has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Barnes Entertainment, Inc. record label. Standing on the original old-school sound like a titanic monolith ten miles tall, “Before” showcases the Legendary Smooth B to a new audience of fans and proves he can bring the boom-bap back like nobody has yet.’s Top 150 Radio Airplay chart for independent artists currently ranks the Legendary Smooth B at No. 10. On DRT’s Top 200 Radio Airplay chart for major-label artists, Smooth B debuted at number 96 in his first week appearing there. It has been predicted he will reach No. 1 on both charts with DRT already preparing to honor him with a plaque. These accolades come as the MTV Network has also accepted his official music video and added it to their rotation.

The Bronx’s Legendary Smooth B cites as influences mythic pioneers of the sound such as the Sugarhill Gang, Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel, and Geto Boys, as well as his own sonic contemporaries such as Outkast, Public Enemy, the Notorious BIG, Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony, Ice T, Ice Cube, and his very close friend and brother, the late Tupac Malik Shakur.

On this new offering, “Before,” the Legendary Smooth B’s current sound takes elements from each of the above and adds his own inimitable power for a result which will capture 21st-century listeners and loyal fans of the 1980s alike. With an emphasis on slick, minimal beats, towering verbal aggression, and relentless rhythm rolling way deep in the groove, “Before” by the Legendary Smooth B brings the same MC tradition that was born on the streets of the South Bronx streets in NYC to those who weren’t there, and with a contemporary polish, too.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Before,” the Legendary Smooth B writes:

In the past it was different. I did music because I loved it and it was my way to come up. Now it’s even better. I’m working to bring today into tomorrow as well as combining the past into the future. I’m helping other new artists develop their music and sound so that they can have a long-lasting career like mine.”

Smooth isn’t doing it alone, however.

I’m doing all of this with my long-time friend and brother, Matthew ‘Big I-God’ Williams,” Smooth B says. “We started our own record label. Big I-God from the beginning was my Day 1 Runner and my Day 1 Stunner. We go back like car seats from the sandbox. He gets me and I get him. It’s exiting! We can close our eyes and be worry-free and sucker-free!”

In talking about his ultimate goal in music, the Smooth B minces no words.

To share the gift the Most High God’s bestowed upon me with all of my brothers and sisters in this world,” he says.

The Legendary Smooth B began his music career touring and recording with Bobby Brown as a background singer, rapper, and dancer. His hit singles over the years include “Hip Hop Junkies,” “Sometimes I Rhyme Slow,” “How to Flow,” “Cake & Eat It Too,” “Old to the New,” “Return of the Hip Hop Freaks,” and “Dwyck” feat. Gang Starr. Smooth B can also be heard singing on “Cheri” with Jo Jo Hailey (Jodeci).

He has since recorded with other notables such as Shaquille O’Neal and appeared on albums with fellow legends such as Ice T, Ice Cube, KAM, Mobb Deep, and many, many others. Between official music drops, Smooth B has appeared in feature films such as “Strictly Business” and “Who’s the Man.”

Smooth B’s always expanding repertoire includes the eponymous “Nice & Smooth” on Fresh Records (1989), “Ain’t a Damn Thing Changed” on Rush Associated Labels/Columbia (1991), “Jewel of the Nile” on Rush Associated Labels (1994), and “Blazing Hot” on Street Life Records (1997).

Before” by the Legendary Smooth B on the Barnes Entertainment, Inc. label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, all you real and loyal hip-hop junkies.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Steph Simon releases new LP album ‘Born on Black Wall Street’

The songwriter and producer of hip hop known as Steph Simon has released his latest official LP album, “Born on Black Wall Street.” The LP album contains 13 original Steph Simon tracks for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate recording industry on the Skyline Star Records music label. Direct, performed deep in the groove, and often more than a little funny, “Born on Black Wall Street” showcases Steph Simon as one of the most intriguing hip-hop artists of the year so far and promises that he has plenty more where that came from.

In addition to the considerable skills of Steph Simon, “Born on Black Wall St.” also features performances from local artists J. Friday, Dial Tone, Krisheena Suarez, George Young, and Sassieon Dupris.

Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Steph Simon cites as main artistic influences the Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Nipsey Hussle, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Phife Dawg, N.E.R.D., Solange Knowles, Missy Elliot, and J. Cole. Steph Simon’s own sound takes elements from every one of these and adds his own regional, personal and intellectual flavor for a result unlike anything today’s hip-hop fans have heard before. With an emphasis on carefully crafted urban poetry, socially deliberate themes, and undeniable beats with one foot firmly in the old-school, “Born on Black Wall Street” by Steph Simon has a little something for everybody.

A deliberately sociopolitical record, “Born on Black Wall St.” is named for Tulsa’s Greenwood area. According to Wiki, this was “one of the most commercially successful and affluent majority-African American communities in the United States” until the 1921 Massacre and race riot which claimed more than 300 African American lives.

Asked to describe the overall meaning of “Born on Black Wall Street,” Steph Simon writes, “My album is the story of a black kid growing up to learn about his city’s history of Black Wall St. in Tulsa. I take the traditions that were lost in the 1921 Race Massacre and apply it to life to rebuild and recreate a new Black Wall Street.”

Throughout his new album, Simon draws parallels between the creative culture in Tulsa today and the energy that made Black Wall St. thrive in the first place. Taking a historically accurate role, Simon raps as “Diamond” Dick Rowland, a 17-year-old boy scapegoated for instigating the 1921 Massacre after an incident with a white girl in an elevator.

“I feel a connection to Rowland I can’t explain,” writes Simon, “almost like I’m carrying his spirit with me. It wasn’t right that his name was used as a catalyst for a lot of pain and destruction. I use the name Dicky Ro as a catalyst for transformation and hope.”

Born on Black Wall Street” by Steph Simon on the Skyline Star Records label is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hip hop fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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