David Smith, born in 1979, was raised in May Pen which is the capital of Clarendon, Jamaica. Clarendon is the third largest parish on the island of Jamaica and is known for its agricultural production but, this area is also the birthplace of several world famous reggae and ska music performers like, Cocoa Tea, Barrington Levy, Toots Hilbert, Super Cat and Freddie McGregor. It’s no wonder then that David Smith was impressed with the idea to become a performer at an early age. By the time he was seven years old he moved with his family from May Pen to Flatbush, Brooklyn. It was 1986 and the beginning of what would later be labeled the golden age of hip hop and also the traumatic period known as the crack years. Young David fell under the guidance of an elder cousin known as “Big Pully”. Big Pully protected David and taught him the ways of survival in the urban jungle of Brooklyn. Before long David became known as “Little Pully” and by the time he was 12 years old he began pursuing a career as a dancehall d.j. and in no time he began to perform on the microphone. David began recording when he was only 14 years old. On the stage, he dropped ‘Little’ and kept ‘Pully’ and the name stuck. From 1994 through 1997, Pully focused primarily on becoming a star in reggae music. Then in 1997 the tragic death of his best friend and protégé Nefflin Collins, who was fatally shot by a stray bullet during a dispute that got out of control at a family function, changed Pully’s path forever. The senseless loss devastated Pully and brought an abrupt end to his reggae aspirations. When asked why he stopped, he simply replied, “especially at that time, there was no way I could continue within the dancehall scene without Neff.” Towards the end of that year Pully appeared on his first hip hop track, which was a single with a compilation of rappers called ‘Thugs Have No Pity In Gotham City’. The following year Pully recorded his first hip hop album ‘Kill Me, Dead Me’ with long time producers Alex and Eric Perez and Pully the Pusha was born. The Perez brothers had produced most of Pully’s work as a reggae artist and he continued to record with them because of there state of the art sound equipment. Always on the hunt for the most professional sound he could find, Pully the Pusha worked with a assortment of local producers on his next few albums and mixtapes like Swift (Chill City vol1 & 2 ‘99), Biz (Hot to Death ’03, Back to Back ’04) and the list goes on. To date, Pully the Pusha has a discography of 7 albums and 11 mixtapes. In 2006, David hooked up with Vanguard records and created a new professional personality Hailnonix, who sound was in contrast to the Pully the Pusha hip hop/ gangsta rapper identity. The album Hailnonix was a blend of funk, R&B and Caribbean folk music. That caused an instant buzz. He followed that with an album called It’s All Over, also released by Vanguard records. In 2007, Pully and his family moved from New York City to Virginia, where he continued to create new music and styles for himself. In 2009 he released Dope Boy Fresh which became an underground sensation. That mixture of southern bass and New York City swag, gave birth to Pully the Pusha’s latest album Catfish and Tilapia, which recently received over !5,000 hits in under 3 days online. As far as the future, Pully the Pusha is presently working on a new album called The Rave with Producers from Federal Notes. The word on the block is Hailnonix is also recording a new album, which is currently untitled, but widely anticipated.