Mr. Smith at Tampa Music Conference

Mr. Smith clutched the mic and strutted center stage. A sampled film score played, but the CD malfunctioned before the 813 rapper could deliver his rhymes. Perfectly timed as if planned (but it wasn’t), co-host Mingle Mixx started beat-boxing and Smith responded with an impassioned rendition of his single “Indiana Jones,” actually making his impromptu, sans backing music, version more engaging than the one he recorded.

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