Mr. Len

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Mr. Len (Leonard "Lenny" Smythe) is a hip hop DJ born in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in Hillside, NJ. He was a member, with Bigg Jus and El-P, of the underground hip hop trio Company Flow, which disbanded in the late 1990s.[1] His debut full-length, released on Matador Records in 2001, included guest spots by Jean Grae, Chubb Rock, and Mr. Live.[2] Later he formed a group with Kimani Rogers from The Masterminds named Roosevelt Franklin. He also collaborated with Handsome Boy Modeling School member Prince Paul to produce the faux-doo wop group The Dix.

Discography[edit]

Company Flow[edit]

  • Funcrusher, Rawkus Records - 1995
  • Funcrusher Plus, Rawkus Records - 1997
  • Little Johnny from the Hospital, Rawkus Records – 1998

EP/Singles:

  • “Patriotism”, Soundbombing, Rawkus Records – 1999
  • “DPA (as seen on TV) ”, Def Jux Presents Company Flow, Definitive Jux Records - 2001

Video:

  • “End to End Burners”, Rawkus Records - 1999

Roosevelt Franklin[edit]

Mr. Len[edit]

  • Pity the Fool: Experiments in therapy behind the mask of music while handing out dummy smacks, Matador Records - 2001
  • Class X, A Tribute to Company Flow, Smacks Records – 2004
  • The Marvels of Yestermorrow, W.A.R. Media - 2013

Mix CDs[edit]

  • Mr. Len, Rhettmatic, DJ Drez, Hidden Jewels, Polygram – 1999
  • Mr. Len & Bobbito, Kick A Dope Verse/Scratches For Your Anal Crevice, 1999
  • Mr. Len, Vibe With The Crowd Live from Club Harlem (Japan), 2000
  • Mr. Len, Oven Roasted Beats, Room Service/7 Heads - 2003

Production/Album Appearances[edit]

  • Armand Van Helden, “Rock Da Spot”, 2 Future 4 U, Armed Records - 1999
  • Roger Sanchez, “Buffalo Gals Stampede [S-Man's Spicy Buffalo Wings Dub]” Maximum House & Garage, EMI Int’l - 1999
  • Bill Laswell/Material, "This Morning" feat. Juggaknots, Intonarumori, Palm Pictures Audio - 1999
  • The Masterminds, “ The Fast Way”, Live From Area 51: The Extraterrestrial Project, Exodus Entertainment - 1999
  • Twigy, Seven Dimensions Remix LP (Japanese Release), 2000
  • MC Paul Barman, "School Anthem", It's Very Stimulating, Wordsound - 2000
  • DJ Krush "Vision Of Art" feat. Company Flow/Scratches by Mr. Len, Zen, Red Int / Red Ink - 2001
  • Princess Superstar, "Trouble", Is, Rapster - 2002
  • Jean Grae, "What Would I Do" and "Knock", Attack of the Attacking Things, Third Earth Music - 2002
  • Prince Paul, “Ralph Nader” skit, Politics of the Business, Razor & Tie - 2003
  • Indelible MCs (El-P, J-Treds, Juggaknots), "Weight", Lyricist Lounge Vol. 1, Priority Records - 1999, Re-released 2004
  • Jedi Mind Tricks, "Words from Mr. Len 1 & 2", Violent By Design, Landspeed - 2000, Re-released 2004
  • Mass Influence, "Analyze" (Single), Boulevard/Nonstop - 2000
  • Various Artists, “Hip Hop for Respect” (Single), Rawkus Records - 2000
  • Murs, "Take Yo Ass to the Store" (Single), Smacks Records - 2003
  • Mr. Dead feat. Sayyid (Anti-Pop), "Dynamic Tension" (Single) 2005

Television Appearance[edit]

  • BET’s Rap City, Guest DJ, 2001

Soundtrack Appearances[edit]

  • DVD- Various instrumentals, Red Bull Seek & Destroy (Fresh Kills Productions), 2004
  • Film- “Blackout”, Whiteboyz, 1999
  • Television- “This Morning”, Playmakers Episode 105, ESPN 2003
  • Television- “Lencorcism”, Direct Effect, MTV
  • Television- “Transmission” sound effects production, BET

Voiceover Appearances[edit]

  • Kung Faux (Tommy Boy Films) television series, cast regular, FUSE TV
  • State of Emergency (Rock Star Games) video game, various voices

Tours/Live Appearances[edit]

  • Beastie Boys Hello Nasty Tour, Support Act, 1998 (with Company Flow)
  • Mr. Len & Grand Wizard Theodore, 1998 (DJ)
  • The Prodigy, Support Act, 1998 (DJ)
  • Canadian Music Week, 1998 (with Company Flow)
  • Levi's Tour (Goo Goo Dolls, Sugar Ray), 1999 (DJ)
  • Mr. Len, Bobbito and Jean Grae, South Africa *, April 2000
  • Nader Rocks The Garden Rally, Madison Square Garden, 2000
  • Living Legends, Japan, 2001 (DJ)
  • Morcheeba, Support Act, 2003 (DJ)
  • Mr. Len, Mr. Complex, & El Fudge, 2003
  • Clubraum Rote Fabrik, Switzerland, 2003 (with Jean Grae)
  • Smacks Tour, 2004 (Mr. Len, Roosevelt Franklin, Bully Mouth & Kice)
  • GZA, Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Australia & New Zealand, 2012
  • First post-apartheid American hip-hop performances in South Africa

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