Varick D. Smith, better known as Smitty, is a Haitian-American rapper and hip-hop ghostwriter from Little Haiti, a neighborhood in Miami, Florida. While growing up in Little Haiti, Smitty came home one day to see a friend fatally shot due to involvement in the drug game. The incident made him more aware of his future. In 1997 he decided to enroll at Florida A&M University to major in journalism. However, his aspiration to become a full-fledged artist led him to switch coasts after only two and half years of school. He would eventually, through a friend, get the opportunity to start in the hip-hop industry by flying out to meet with legendary producer Dr. Dre while he was filming The Wash. After many hours waiting around on set, Smitty finally got the chance to rap in front of Dr. Dre. Dr. Dre was impressed and Smitty was asked to work on a few tracks for The Wash soundtrack.