Frankie Smith

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Frankie Smith
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedMarch 8, 2019(2019-03-08) (aged 65–66)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
GenresR&B, soul, funk, disco, old school hip hop
Years active1979–2019
LabelsWMOT Records, Amstate Records
Associated actsThe O'Jays, The Spinners

Franklyn Leon Smith (1953 - March 8, 2019[1]) was an American funk musician and R&B/soul songwriter. He was best known for his 1981 single "Double Dutch Bus".


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 was also influential in the careers of the rappers Tone Loc, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg.

With his 1981 single "Double Dutch Bus", released by WMOT Records,[2] Smith popularized a nonsensical form of slang, (From his song "Slang thang", 1981 WMOT records.) in which "iz" is placed in the middle of a word (for example, the word "place" becomes "plizace") or the last letters of a word are replaced with "-izzle" (ex. sure becomes shizzle). The style became part of hip-hop slang, and was popularized by rappers Snoop Dogg and E-40. The style today holds a place in popular slang.

"Double Dutch Bus" has been sampled frequently in hip-hop, including Snoop Dogg's "Snoop Dogg (What's My Name, Pt. 2)" and Missy Elliott's "Gossip Folks". Both records were produced by Timbaland. His single "Double Dutch Bus" is featured in the 2008 Disney movie College Road Trip starring Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symoné.

A native of Philadelphia, Smith once applied to be a bus driver for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which operates Philadelphia's public transit system, but SEPTA turned him down. The "Transpass" referred to by Smith in "Double Dutch Bus" is an actual monthly fare pass issued by SEPTA.


Smith died in Philadelphia on March 8, 2019, he was 65-66 years old.[1]



  • 1981: Children of Tomorrow


  • 1980: "Double Dutch Bus"
  • 1980: "Double Dutch"
  • 1981: "The Auction"
  • 1981: "Teeny-Bopper Lady"
  • 1982: "Double Dutch Bus II"
  • 1982: "Yo-Yo Champ (From Mississippi)"
  • 1985: "Slapp Ya Thigh"
  • 1985: "Congratulations for Graduating"


  1. ^ a b Little Known Black History Fact: Frankie Smith: Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  2. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Biography: Frankie Smith". AMG. Retrieved May 10, 2010.

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