Apani B

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Apani B. Fly
Born Apani Smith
Hollis, Queens, New York City, U.S.
Other names Apani B-Fly Emcee
Years active 1996–present
Children 3
Musical career
Genres Hip hop
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts
Website Apani B. Fly on SoundCloud

Apani Smith, known professionally as Apani B. Fly, is an American hip hop emcee.

In 1996 her first 12-inch single, "Estragen", was independently released and shortly followed up by several high-profile guest appearances on projects with Organized Konfusion, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and MF Doom. Her first full-length album, Rhyme-Related (as a member of Polyrhythm Addicts), was released in 1999.[1]

She was featured in multiple magazines including Vibe, The Source, and XXL and opened for acts such as Fugees and Brand Nubian. For the past decade, Apani has remained part of the NYC underground scene with frequent performances at S.O.B.'s, Lyricist Lounge, and the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Rhyme Related (1999)
  • Story 2 Tell (2004)


Estragen / Soul Control (1998)[edit]

Featuring Helixx & Pri the Honey Dark of Anomolies, Heroine, Sara Kana (a.k.a Lyric), Ayana Soyini, Jean Grae (f.k.a. What? What?), and Yejide. DJ Spinna is credited with producing the first four tracks (A1–4) on the A-side with another three (A5, B4–5) attributed to GE-OLOGY, while Mike-One took credit for producing the Bonus Cuts (B6–10).

# Title
1 "Estragen (Clean)"
2 "Estragen (Dirty)"
3 "Estragen (Instrumental)"
4 "Estragen (Acapella)"
5 "Woman In Me"
6 "Soul Control (Dirty)"
7 "Soul Control (Instrumental)"
8 "Soul Control (Acapella)"
9 "Woman In Me (Instrumental)"
10 "Q-Boro Bonus Break 1"

The Specialist / Perspective (1999)[edit]

Featuring C-Rayz Walz and Maylay Sparks.

# Title
1 "The Specialist (Street)"
2 "The Specialist (Radio)"
3 "The Specialist (Instrumental)"
4 "Perspective (Street)"
5 "Perspective (Radio)"
6 "Perspective (Instrumental)"

Tags of the Times (1998)[edit]

# Title
1 "Never Too Much (J-Treds)"
2 "Narcotic (Apani B. Fly Emcee)" (Produced by Mike-One)

Spot Me (2000)[edit]

Produced by Celph Titled.

# Title
1 "Spot Me (Street)"
2 "Spot Me (Radio)"
3 "Spot Me (Instrumental)"
4 "A Million Eyes (Street)"
5 "A Million Eyes (Radio)"
6 "A Million Eyes (Instrumental)"

Strive / Progress (2000)[edit]

Produced by Nujabes.

# Title
1 "Strive (Radio)"
2 "Strive (Instrumental)"
3 "Strive (Accapella)"
4 "Progress (Dirty)"
5 "Progress (Radio)"

Abracadabra (2003)[edit]

Produced by DJ Spinna.

# Title
1 "Abracadabra (Dirty)"
2 "Abracadabra (Clean)"
3 "Abracadabra (Instrumental)"
4 "Abracadabra (Acapella)"
5 "Say What" (Produced by Da Beatminerz)

Laws (2003)[edit]

Laws (A1–2) produced by Nujabes, while DJ Deckstream (ja) (f.k.a. Monorisick) remixed Strive.

# Title
1 "Laws"
2 "Laws (Instrumental)"
3 "Strive (Remix)"
4 "Strive (Remix – Instrumental)"

No Matter (2005)[edit]

Produced by Hiro.

# Title
1 "No Matter"
2 "No Matter (Instrumental)"
3 "No Matter (Bassoon Mix)"
4 "No Matter (Bassoon Remix – Instrumental)"

Guest appearances[edit]

Artist Track Album Label Year
Antipop Consortium "Disorientation" Mind Control / Disorientation 12″ Antipop Recordings 1997
Attica Blues "3 Ree (A Means to Be)" 3ree (A Means to Be) 12″ Mo' Wax 1998
DJ Spinna (Featuring Talib Kweli) "Time Zone" Heavy Beats Volume 1 Rawkus 1999
Pharoahe Monch "The Ass" (Produced by Diamond D) Internal Affairs Rawkus 1999
Nicodemus "The Spirit Within" Rope Ladder 12″ Mush Records 2000
L.I.F.E. Long "Outa Site" No More Prisons Raptivism Records 2000
Jigmastas "Apology Not Accepted" Infectious Beyond Real 2001
Da Beatminerz (Featuring Jean Grae) "Shut da Fuck Up!" Brace 4 Impak Rawkus 2001
Motion (Featuring Tara Chase) "The Trilogy Pt. 1" Blacklist 2001
Dee Nasty "Blazing Trails" Nastiness Chronowax 2001
D-Tension "True + Exact" Contacts + Contracts Brick Records 2002
KC Da Rookee "Rhyme Excursions" Nexcalibur LP Showdown 2002
Richy Pitch "Day to Day" Live at Home Seven Heads 2002
L.I.F.E. Long "Outta Site" Cuts and Calabo's Hegemony Recordingz 2002
Ghost Cauldron "Whole World" Studio !K7 2002
Antipop Consortium "Verses" Shopping Carts Crashing Nippon Crown 2003
We Came From Beyond Vol. 2 "Picture This" Razor & Tie 2003
Pachecos "Rebel Sound Rush" Beat Hustlers Rico Entertainment 2003
Heat Sensor "MRK" (Apani B-Fly MC Remix) Touch Sound-Ink 2004
Viktor Vaughn "Let Me Watch" Vaudeville Villain Sound-Ink 2004
Nujabes "Thank You" Modal Soul Hydeout Productions 2005
Dela "Let Me Know" Atmosphere Airlines Vol. 1 Drink Water Music 2007
Jazz Liberatorz (es) "The Process" Clin d'Oeil KIF Records 2008


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