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Brian Leighton Smith AKA BlackSmyff
Born: Los Angeles, California.
Raised: Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley
From birth, Brian was always surrounded by both basketball and music. Growing up in
Hollywood, his parents entertained and had many friends in the industry so the sounds of music
were never uncommon or unheard. This shaped his musical ear at a young age and expanded
his love beyond just hip hop to jazz, R&B, pop, and even a little classic rock. A family move
to the San Fernando Valley as well as great family genes helped jump start what looked to be a
promising basketball career. Playing gave Brian not only exposures on the court and to different
people, but more importantly, life experiences that help shape his lyrics today.
It was after playing some college ball that Brian started to focus on his musical abilities. He
began engaging in freestyles with other local MC’s; reading complex literature to help build up
his vocabulary, and even played with, and grasped the idea of song writing. "The process of
coming up with songs and lyrics comes easy to me" he says, "But the articulation of the words
in the lyrics is the part that I find to be the most difficult, because it has to be something to keep
them coming back for more.”
Always a genuine player, whether he is on the court or on the stage, BlackSmyff is grateful for
all of the support and devotion he has received from his family, friends, fans, and loved ones.