Smilez and Southstar

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Smilez and Southstar
Origin Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, Rap
Years active 2002–present
Website http://www.myspace.com/SmilezandSouthstar

Smilez and Southstar hip-hop duo based in Orlando, Florida. They had a Top 40 hit with the song "Tell Me" in late 2002.[1]

Beginnings[edit]

Early success 2002-2003[edit]

The group's first single was "Who Wants This" featuring Kelis. The song had an underground vibe to it and created a buzz but still didn't crack the top 40. The group's next single, "Tell Me", hit the Top 40 charts. The duo then followed it up with "Now That You're Gone". Smilez talks about the death of his mother and Southstar speaks about the death of his son, Malik, however it did poorly on the charts and the group was considered a one-hit wonder. But the group still continued to tour with a reggae artist Beenie Man. They also were considered "different" because they didn't talk about using or selling drugs in their music[citation needed].

The group has been quiet since their switch in labels due to poor success of their album Crash the Party. They were signed to Reincarnate, an indie label, but now have created their own independent record label Groundworks Entertainment. The label features reggae artist Viper and rapper Vill.

Controversy[edit]

"Tell Me" used a sample from Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross's song Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart). There was controversy when Ja Rule and Ashanti's song "Mesmerized", released around the same time, used the same sample. This made a slight "beef" between Smilez & Southstar and Ja Rule's record label, Murder Inc., which stemmed from Murder Inc turning down the original version of Mesmerized, originally produced by DJ Nasty of Orlando.

Feature success[edit]

Smilez and Southstar are currently working on their next album.[citation needed] The previous album featured the songs "Found Out", "Been a Long Time", and "Good Look". "Good Look" features Cash Money rapper Yo Gotti. Beenie Man and Killer Mike also were featured on the album. The lead single "U Know" featured rappers Treal. Southstar is featured on the mixtape freestyle "Protect Ya Neck" with fellow rappers Jin and Far East Movement.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Hot 100 US
R&B
US
Rap
2002 "Who Wants This?" 65 Crash the Party
2003 "Tell Me" 33 28 11
"Now That You're Gone"

Albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions[2] Certifications and sales
US US R&B
2003 Crash the Party
  • 1st studio album
  • Released on March 8, 2003
91 34

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "VH1.com: Smilez and Southstar". VH1. Retrieved 2007-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Smilez & Southstar Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2010-06-04.