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From 1996 Album: “Once Upon A Time In America”…..
As is the trend for many an aspiring MC, appearing on underground mix tapes throughout the New York Metropolitan area was this Brooklyn rapper’s jumpoff. In 1995, having circulated his name and created a buzz, Smoothe made a power move with the release of “Broken Language,” an exercise in thug-life linguistics that helped influence a new style of MCing. The track was actually the B-side of their original single for Profile Records, “Hustlin’.” “Hustlin'” was better-than-average hip-hop, but the B-side sleeper became Smoothe’s claim to fame. With free verse stanzas littered with abrupt, staccato phrases and hanging rhymes, Smoothe and his younger brother Trigga Tha Gambler captured the underground’s attention. The rhymes of “Broken Language” sounded like automatic gunfire on wax. After almost a year of trepidation, Smoothe borrowed the title from an old Sergio Leone gangster film for his debut album, Once Upon a Time in America.
“Broken Language” by Smoothe Da Hustler, Trigga Da Gambler (Google Play • AmazonMP3)