Apani B

Apani N. Smith (born September 17, 1974) known professionally as Apani B. Fly, is an American hip hop emcee.

Apani B. Fly
Apani N. Smith

(1974-09-17) 17 September 1974 (age 46)
Other namesApani B-Fly Emcee
Years active1996–present
Musical career
GenresHip hop
Associated acts
WebsiteApani B. Fly on SoundCloud

In 1996 her first 12-inch single, "Estragen", was independently released and shortly followed up by several high-profile guest appearances on projects with Organized Konfusion, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, Nujabes and MF Doom. Her first full-length album, Rhyme-Related (as a member of Polyrhythm Addicts), was released in 1999.[1]

She opened for acts such as Fugees and Brand Nubian. For the past decade, Apani has remained part of the NYC underground scene with frequent performances at S.O.B.'s, Lyricist Lounge, and the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe.


Studio albumsEdit

  • Rhyme Related (1999)
  • Story 2 Tell (2004)


Estragen / Soul Control (1998)Edit

Featuring Helixx & Pri the Honey Dark of Anomalies, Heroine, Sara Kana (a.k.a. Lyric), Ayana Soyini, Jean Grae (f.k.a. What? What?), and Yejide. DJ Spinna is credited with producing the first four tracks (A1–4) on the A-side with another three (A5, B4–5) attributed to GE-OLOGY, while Mike-One took credit for producing the Bonus Cuts (B6–10).

# Title
1 "Estragen (Clean)"
2 "Estragen (Dirty)"
3 "Estragen (Instrumental)"
4 "Estragen (Acapella)"
5 "Woman In Me"
6 "Soul Control (Dirty)"
7 "Soul Control (Instrumental)"
8 "Soul Control (Acapella)"
9 "Woman In Me (Instrumental)"
10 "Q-Boro Bonus Break 1"

The Specialist / Perspective (1999)Edit

Featuring C-Rayz Walz and Maylay Sparks.

# Title
1 "The Specialist (Street)"
2 "The Specialist (Radio)"
3 "The Specialist (Instrumental)"
4 "Perspective (Street)"
5 "Perspective (Radio)"
6 "Perspective (Instrumental)"

Tags of the Times (1998)Edit

# Title
1 "Never Too Much (J-Treds)"
2 "Narcotic (Apani B. Fly Emcee)" (Produced by Mike-One)

Spot Me (2000)Edit

Produced by Celph Titled.

# Title
1 "Spot Me (Street)"
2 "Spot Me (Radio)"
3 "Spot Me (Instrumental)"
4 "A Million Eyes (Street)"
5 "A Million Eyes (Radio)"
6 "A Million Eyes (Instrumental)"

Strive / Progress (2000)Edit

Produced by Nujabes.

# Title
1 "Strive (Radio)"
2 "Strive (Instrumental)"
3 "Strive (Accapella)"
4 "Progress (Dirty)"
5 "Progress (Radio)"

Abracadabra (2003)Edit

Produced by DJ Spinna.

# Title
1 "Abracadabra (Dirty)"
2 "Abracadabra (Clean)"
3 "Abracadabra (Instrumental)"
4 "Abracadabra (Acapella)"
5 "Say What" (Produced by Da Beatminerz)

Laws (2003)Edit

Laws (A1–2) produced by Nujabes, while DJ Deckstream [ja] (f.k.a. Monorisick) remixed Strive.

# Title
1 "Laws"
2 "Laws (Instrumental)"
3 "Strive (Remix)"
4 "Strive (Remix – Instrumental)"

No Matter (2005)Edit

Produced by Hiro.

# Title
1 "No Matter"
2 "No Matter (Instrumental)"
3 "No Matter (Bassoon Mix)"
4 "No Matter (Bassoon Remix – Instrumental)"


External linksEdit

  • Apani B. Fly on Twitter
  • Apani B. Fly discography at Discogs
  • "Apani Is... (official website)". Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved January 21, 2017.
  • An old interview with Apani, dating from March 3, 2001