New Orleans Rap Pioneer, Tim Smooth, Dead at 39

New Orleans rapper Tim Smooth died early Tuesday (July 26) at age 39, after a long battle with cancer, according to The Times-Picayune.

Smooth, born Tim Smoot and known as “the Knight from Kennedy Heights,” released his first single in 1991 called “I Gotsta Have It,” eventually dropping albums on Houston’s Rap-A-Lot label, as well as indie labels in New Orleans, establishing himself as a pioneer of New Orleans hip-hop.

Smooth went on to mentor fellow NoLa rapper Mystikal, who told The Times-Picayune “[h]ad I never met Tim, I would be a totally different artist. He even co-wrote the title cut with me on Mind of Mystikal. Thanks for the memories,”

“He never had a fight in his whole life, and he was 39 years old,” said Smooth’s sister, Nicole Smoot. “He was a happy person. He was always cracking jokes, and even with the cancer, he never didn’t have a smile on his face,”

Earlier this year, a donation fund was set up for Smooth, who was suffering from lung cancer but did not have health insurance.

“I hope they remember how he was – he was a friend to everybody, everybody loved him,” Nicole Smoot said. –Martin Spasov

  • Gina

    Tim, I can’t believe you are gone. You will be missed but always in my heart!!! Love ya..

    “PHAT”

  • prettynana43

    R.I.P Tim Smooth,,,My condolences go out to his family…

  • JDeezy

    I was feeling his classic song called, “I don’t give a damn about your boyfriend”. This was one our first statewide (Shreveport to New Orleans) popular artists. He was and will always be a Louisiana legend. Rest in Paradise, Mr. Tim Smooth, you will be missed. I wish I could have met you in person, brother.

  • ANGELINA CORTEZ

    TWO THINGS ARE FOR SURE, ONE- WE DONT LIVE ON THIS EARTH FOREVER. TWO -JESUS IS LORD AND KING. THE LATTER BEING THE MOST IMPORTANT. TO A BROTHER WHO WAS KIND TO ME AND CHECKED FOR ME EVEN AFTER THE SPLIT WITH HIS BESTIE, I AM JUST FINDING OUT A YEAR LATER THAT YOU ARE GONE FROM THIS REALM. I PRAY THAT YOU ARE IN THE COMPANY OF THE SAINTS AND OTHERS WHO KNOW HOW IMPORTANT LIVING FOR THE LORD IS. NO ONE COMES BACK FROM THE GRAVE TO SHARE THE EXPERIENCE OF THE SOUL, ALTHOUGH EVERYTHING WE NEED TO KNOW IS BEFORE US. ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE. I LOVE YOU TIM AND I AM THANKFUL I WAS BLESSED TO KNOW YOU.

    MUCH LOVE AND HONOR… ANGELINA