The guy with the gun isn’t actually going for the kill — but his raps are certainly making a killing in Brooklyn.
We met Lo Smooth on the Greenpoint waterfront on Saturday, as he and his cousin Too Streets shot their music video for “Hard to Understand,” the certain hit off the April LP “Mixtape.”
Smooth (aka Charlie Dilligard) has been spitting lines for 10 years to get this big — he’s worked with one of New York’s hottest DJs, Rob E Rob, on his latest video “All I Know.” To our enjoyment, he’s the most Brooklyn we’ve seen coming from a hip-hop project since Jay Z.
“Brooklyn’s my everything,” Smooth said, smoothly. “This place has given me the momentum I need to keep the music going.”
We took Saturday’s meeting as an opportunity to get re-introduced to the Brooklyn hip-hop scene, a real East Coast sound. Smooth has a distinguished voice, and effortlessly flows through stories of Brooklyn and his childhood in Downtown, amid some fist pounding, jazz-infused beats.
If that doesn’t convince you that he’s more Brooklyn than Marty Mark, the lyrics in “Brooklyn We Back” will:
“We back in the building/Brooklyn takin’ over now/So I guess you could say the whole game’s over now/Where my shakers at?/I promise I’m givin’ back/To the whole B-K/Downtown Fulton Street/That’s where we stay.”
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