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Frankie Smith

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Years Active: 1979-present
Genres: R&B, Funk Pop

Frankie Smith (Franklyn Leon Smith) is a funk musician and R&B/soul songwriter. Smith is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He went to college in Tennessee for elementary education with a minor in music. He became a writer for funk and soul artists such as the O'Jays and The Spinners. He has also been influential in the careers of the rappers Tone Lōc, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. With his 1981 single "Double Dutch Bus", released by WMOT Records, Smith popularized a nonsensical form of slang, in which "iz" is placed in the middle of a word (for example, the word "place" becomes "pl''iz''ace") or the last letters of a word are replaced with "-izzle" (ex. sure becomes sh''izzle''). The sty... Continue Bio >>

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