Lil' ½ Dead

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Lil' ½ Dead
Birth name Donald Smith
Also known as Lil Half Dead
Born (1972-09-13) September 13, 1972 (age 44)
Origin Long Beach, California, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1993–present (in Nine Inch Dix group)
Labels Priority (1993-1996)
Doggystyle (1999-present)
Death Row (partially)
Associated acts Tha Dogg Pound, Dubb Union, Snoop Dogg

Donald Smith[1] (born September 13, 1972), better known by his stage name Lil' ½ Dead, is an American hip hop recording artist from Long Beach, California. Smith's moniker is based on the character Half Dead, in the 1979 film Penitentiary. He is the cousin of fellow hip hop artists Nate Dogg, Butch Cassidy, and Snoop Dogg.[2]

The song "Lil Ghetto Boy" (from Dr. Dre's The Chronic) has a brief reference to Smith, as do "Fuck You" and "Housewife", both from Dr. Dre's 2001, as well as "Hennesey N Buddah" from Snoop Dogg's Tha Last Meal.



Album information
The Dead Has Arisen
Steel on a Mission
Showtime EP
  • Released: 2004
Dead Serious
  • Released: 2012




  1. ^ Campus Times, March 10, 2000
  2. ^ Josh Grossberg; Ken Baker (September 18, 2008). "Cousin: Nate Dogg Was on Life Support". E! Online. UK: E! Entertainment Television, Inc. Archived from the original on 2008. Retrieved June 24, 2009. Donald Smith, [Nate] Dogg's cousin and a fellow emcee who goes by the moniker Lil' Half Dead