Lawrence Smith Jr., the up-and-coming rapper who is the son of
legendary rap music producer Larry Smith, was born in Elmhurst,
Queens, New York on March 30, 1994. Recording as G5 ELZ,
Smith lives these days in Southeast Jamaica, Queens, the
neighborhood known as Northside. He counts such New York
hip-hop heavyweights as Camron, Big L, and Nas among his
The future rapper started writing poetry in elementary school,
and then began composing actual hip-hop lyrics in late
elementary/early middle school. He became even more serious
as a high-schooler, where he began rhyming in classrooms and
lunchrooms, and on laptops and video via Twitter. His
commitment was sealed when his grandmother, Angie Smith,
who had raised him, passed away in 2011, and G5 ELZ realized
he was entirely on his own. It was then that he became writing,
recording, and releasing the series of mixtapes that have won
him high regard.
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