Smooth (singer)

For other uses, see Smooth (disambiguation).
Birth name Juanita Stokes
Also known as MC Smooth, Needa S. (sometimes stylized as "Needa-S")
Born 1971
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Hip hop, R&B
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active 1990–Present
Labels Jive, Perspective
Associated acts Chris Stokes, Immature, Shanice, Tupac Shakur, Arabian Prince

Juanita Stokes, currently known as Needa S. (formerly Smooth), (born 1971) is an American singer, rapper[1] and actress. She is the daughter of actress Irene Stokes and younger sister of music executive Chris Stokes.

Music career

In 2013, it was announced she has joined the upcoming BET reality series Hip Hop Sisters which will focus on six female rappers' lives and their attempts to relaunch their careers. Other rappers confirmed to appear are MC Lyte, Lady of Rage, Monie Love, Lil Mama, and Yo-Yo.[2]

Personal life

She has a daughter named Earanequa Carter, born in 1990.[3][4]



Year Title Chart positions
1990 Smooth & Legit
  • Released: April 27, 1990
  • Label: Crush
1993 You Been Played
  • Released: August 24, 1993
  • Label: Jive
1995 Smooth
  • Released: August 1, 1995
  • Label: Jive
35 17
1998 Reality 48 32
2003 What?
  • Released: Shelved
  • Label: TUG


Year Single Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap UK Singles Chart[5]
1990 "Smooth & Legit" 11 Smooth & Legit: The Album
"You Gotta Be Real"
"Where Is The Money"
1993 "Female Mac" You Been Played
"You Been Played"
1995 "Mind Blowin'" 75 31 7 36 Smooth
"Blowin' Up My Pager"
"It's Summertime (Let It Get Into You)" 46
1996 "Love Groove (Groove With You)" 46
"Undercover Lover" 41
"Love & Happiness" single only
1998 "Strawberries" 49 17 Reality
2003 "Sensitive" (featuring Da Brat & Jhené) What?
"Baby's Mama (Carrying Your Baby)" (featuring Marques Houston)


  1. "A&M reinforces R&B efforts in deal with Shaquille O'Neal Label". Billboard. February 14, 1998. p. 104. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  2. "@VIBEVixen» BET Announces 'Hip Hop Sisters' and Jeanette Jenkins Reality Series » Madison Lafayette". Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  3. "Earanequa Carter - About - Google". 2013-01-07. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
  4. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 510. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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