Fast Eddie

This article is about the house producer. For other uses, see Fast Eddie (disambiguation).
Fast Eddie
Birth name Edwin A. Smith
Also known as Fast Eddie
Born (1969-01-20) January 20, 1969
Origin Chicago, Illinois, US
Genres House, hip house, hip hop
Occupation(s) Record producer
Years active 1987–present

Fast Eddie (born Edwin A. Smith; January 20, 1969)[1] is an American house producer from Chicago, Illinois.


Prior to his entry into the realm of production, Fast Eddie was one of the premier DJs of the early Chicago house movement. His talents earned him spots on WGCI and WBMX. During that period, he produced one of his first singles in collaboration with Kenny "Jammin'" Jason entitled "Can You Dance", circa 1986. In 1987, Eddie came out with other house tracks such as "The Whop", based on the dance of the same name. Eddie then left WGCI for WBMX for a short time and then quit his radio DJ gigs to concentrate on producing. In 1988, Eddie scored one of his biggest hits with "Acid Thunder" on the DJ International label. However, it was the track "Hip House" that really established his career as a producer. Eddie popularized the genre of hip house.

He scored several hits on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including "Git On Up" (featuring Sundance), which spent a week at number one in 1989, but only reached number 49 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

However, Eddie tried his hand at gangsta rap in 1990 by forming the group America's Most Wanted, and many critics felt he should have stuck to his house music roots. Later that year, he released "Make Some Noise".

At some time during 1995, Eddie made two collaborations that are considered under the genre of ghetto house. The first of these is titled "Booty Call" with DJ Sneak and the other is titled "Pump It" with DJ Funk. Both songs gained a lot of airplay on Chicago radio and in clubs.




Featured singles

See also


  1. ""Fast" Eddie Smith Discography at Discogs". 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2013-02-06.
  2. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 159. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
Preceded by
"Pump Up the Jam" by Technotronic featuring Felly
"Git on Up" Fast Eddie featuring Sundance
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single

December 2, 1989
Succeeded by
"Love on Top of Love" by Grace Jones
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