Smitty & D for Track Bangas
|Also known as||The Track Bangas|
|Origin||Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Producer, songwriter, composer, photographer, director|
|Instruments||FL Studio, Motif keyboards, Akai MPK49 controller guitar, sampler, drums, turntable|
|Labels||Track Bangas Entertainment, ASCAP Publishing|
|Associated acts||Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Trae, Chamillionaire, Kurupt, Slim Thug, Pusha T, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Mystikal, Tech N9ne, Yelawolf|
Track Bangas is a record production team consisting of Jeffrey "Smitty" Smith, Derrick "D." St. Amand, Justin "J. Pill" Pipkins, Dana Harmon, & Justin "J. Jones" Jones. They were best known early on for their "banging" drums, thus their moniker Track Bangas, as well as their sampled production. The production team is also well known by their signature tag, “You are listening to a Track Bangas production", at the beginning of their beats.
They have worked with artists like Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Trae, Yelawolf, DJ Khaled, Mystikal, Pusha T, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Tech N9ne, Chamillionaire, Young Money Entertainment's Jae Millz, and Inspectah Deck among others.
Early Life and Background
Smitty and D. were both born in western Massachusetts in 1985 and were raised in Holyoke, MA. Smitty's first instrument was the recorder in elementary school. He then worked his way up to the saxophone, which led him to be recruited to another school for his raw, untrained skill. D. took a liking to the art of DJing at an unusually young age (4 years old). At that age, his parents bought him a Big Bird turntable and Michael Jackson's Bad album and the three were inseparable.
Smitty and D. first met in 1995 while playing youth football in the 5th grade, but were attending different middle schools. The two also attended different high schools but would later meet up again in the 11th grade. Though they shared the same homeroom for 2 years, the two did not speak very much. Throughout high school, Smitty began to shift his focus toward engineering, while D. continued to DJ parties, weddings, etc. They both graduated in June 2003.
Smitty, who at the time had been known for recording local artists, was starting to become known around the city for making beats as well. With over 300 songs recorded from various artists, he had eventually recorded just about every rapper/singer within a 15-mile radius at least once.
D. began to venture into rapping as a hobby, making parodies to popular songs with his cousin. They began to take themselves a little more serious and formed a rap group with a few other close friends called the Starting Lineup.
One month after graduating high school, Smitty and D. were reintroduced when a member of Starting Lineup booked studio time with Smith. About 25 songs and a demo later, the group eventually went their separate ways. D. continued to work with Smitty on a more regular basis, focusing on a solo project. After completing a handful of songs, D. developed an interest in producing.
D. studied Smitty's style and sound of production, and quickly adhered to the procedures of developing tracks. D., who had always favored sampled beats, learned how to chop samples to create his own sound. Meanwhile, Smitty was beginning to broadcast his beat collection and the Track Bangas name all throughout the internet.
Track Bangas expanded by adding Mr. Inkredible, producer from Houston, TX, to the roster.
In 2006, due to the huge buzz they had created on the 'net, the duo hit the road to push their artist, GV's project. Their first stop was Columbus, Ohio. After selling over 1,000 units on the streets within weeks, D. and a street team began traveling back and forth between Phoenix, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada selling cds, while Smitty remained in Ohio producing records and managing Track Bangas' internet campaign.
Collectively, they sold over 30,000 units independently with GV. Though business was good, D. returned to Massachusetts about 6 months later for a family emergency. Smitty also returned to Massachusetts about 8 months after that to regroup and organize the next steps.
In 2009, the duo set up a production studio in the downtown area of their hometown, Holyoke, MA. Then in 2010, Track Bangas expanded by adding producer, J. Pill (Dallas, Texas) and guitarist, Dana Harmon (Columbus, Ohio) to the team.
After about a year and 8 months, the duo decided to pack up and drive to Los Angeles to further their careers.
Within 7 months of moving to LA, Track Bangas acquired endorsements from Zephyr Hats & Apparel Zoo clothing, became in-house producers for Kurupt, and landed a track with Yelawolf on the Driver: San Francisco video game.
|Trae Tha Truth ft. Snoop Dogg||"Old School"||I Am King|
|Trae Tha Truth ft. Yo Gotti||"Hallelujah"||I Am King|
|Rittz||"Intro"||The Life and Times of Johnny Valiant|
|Yelawolf||"No Hands"||(To Be Announced)|
|Yelawolf ft. Trae Tha Truth||"Sh*t I've Seen"||Friday The 13th|
|Trae Tha Truth ft. Meek Mill, Pusha T||"So Far To Go"||Undisputed (with Don Cannon)|
|Trae Tha Truth ft. Tech N9ne, Mystikal & Brian Angel||"All That I Know"||(To Be Announced)|
|6 Tre G ft. Trae Tha Truth||"On A Roll"||Boss Muzik|
|Chamillionaire||"War to Your Door"||Major Pain 1.5|
|Trae Tha Truth ft. Gorilla Zoe||"Keep on Rollin'”||Street King|
|Trae Tha Truth||"Street King"||Street King|
|Trae Tha Truth||"Cop A Drop"||Can't Ban Tha Truth|
|Trae Tha Truth ft. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross||"Inkredible" Prod. by Mr Inkredible for Track Bangas||Can't Ban Tha Truth|
|Trae Tha Truth ft. DJ Khaled & Young Jeezy||"So Hot"||Streets Advocate|
|Trae Tha Truth ft. Lil Wayne||"Blowin Money"||Streets Advocate|
|Max B ft. Cynicus||"From Harlem to Ohio"||That Tsunami Wave Pt. 4|
|Jae Millz||"Defense"||Sizzerb Mixtape Vol. 3|
|2 Chainz ft. Just 100||"Oh Yea"||(To be Announced)|
|Uncle Murda ft. Diddy Bop||"Nightmares"||The First 48|
|Pop Gates ft. Lil Flip||"Purp N Lean"||The Gates Life|
|Vice Bells||"No Introduction"||BAD MOOD EP|
Social Network Links
- Official Site
- Smitty for Track Bangas on Twitter
- D. for Track Bangas on Twitter
- Track Bangas's channel on YouTube
- Facebook Page
External Links (Music, Videos & Blog Posts)
- Track Bangas in the Studio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIhJVA06M38
- Track Bangas & Hood Hustlers Ent Zephyr Hat (Z-Hat) Commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuGCzfHXhow&feature=related
- Yelawolf – No Hands (Official Music Video) Studio http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3G5NpKu3c8
- Yelawolf – No Hands (Behind the Scenes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av4o4f0H1UI&feature=relmfu
- Yelawolf – No Hands (Warped Tour Edition) http://www.complex.com/music/2011/09/video-premiere-yelawolf-no-hands-warped-tour-editio
- Yelawolf – No Hands (LIVE) Vans Warped Tour in Hartford, CT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVD_EbtPSIs
- Yelawolf – Shit I've Seen ft. Trae Tha Truth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MURg4qesYL8
- Yelawolf – Shit I've Seen (Blog Post) http://www.southernhospitality.co.uk/blog/?tag=track-bangas
- Trae tha Truth feat. Meek Mill & Pusha T – So Far To Go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWWsoAo3Zis&feature=related
- Trae tha Truth – Cop A Drop (Official Music Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfCt1nEHAnk
- Trae Tha Truth – Inkredible ft. Rick Ross, Lil Wayne (Official Music Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSNltEIqOpg&ob=av3e
- Trae Tha Truth – Keep On Rollin ft. Gorilla Zoe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4jggRHNSMA
- Trae Tha Truth – Street King http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4aBI7zRNko
- Chamillionaire – War To Your Door http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X85_d3qTnM
- Max B – From Harlem to Ohio ft. Cynicus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qxgBSybrkY
- 6 Tre G ft. Trae tha Truth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn5hfqNoqJM
- J-MO – Money On My Mind (Official Music Video / Vector Animated) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3voXD0cXvuU