Smilez & Southstar was a hip-hop duo based in Orlando, Florida. The group was made up of Rodney "Smilez" Bailey and Rob "Southstar" Campman. They were managed by Alfonso J Alvarez and Gilbert Alvarez of StreetDwellaz Management and signed to Ted Field's ARTISTdirect Records. Ted Field, co-founder of Intersope Records, had recently left Interscope Records when he signed a preliminary agreement to become Chairman and CEO of ARTISTdirect. ARTISTdirect Records was a co-venture between ARTISTdirect, Inc., Ted Field, and BMG. Smilez & Southstar were the first hip-hop duo out of Orlando, FL to appear on nationally televised shows such as Late Night with Conan O'brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Their Top 40 hit "Tell Me" was produced by DJ Nasty & LVM of Nastybeatmakerz and Dakarifof Just Anotha Smash.
Eric Newman, better known by his stage name Stagga Lee, is an American rapper and DJ from Yonkers, New York. He began his career playing music at local parties and graduated to spinning records behind some of the biggest names in music during the early 1990s. His stage name was adopted after hearing the classic 1959 No. 1 hit "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price.