Born Robert Smith, Bigg Robb began his journey in the music industry as a teenage disc jockey at a small radio station in Cincinnati, Ohio in the late '70s. Through the early '80s he stayed in radio, focusing on soul and funk artists such as Bootsy Collins, Midnight Star, Zapp & Roger, and other greats of the era, often interviewing these artists on his shows. Eventually he fell in with a circle of soul and funk stars, hanging out in recording studios with them and ultimately coming under the mentorship of Roger Troutman, who enlisted Smith as his driver, then as a member of his band Zapp, all the while encouraging Smith to record his own original music.
After Troutman's death in 1999, Smith took on the Bigg Robb moniker and set out on a solo career with the 2002 album Grown Folk's Muzic. Embracing Midwest funk, Southern soul, and gospel alike, Bigg Robb's catalog grew at a prolific rate as he offered up new music nonstop for the years that followed. He went on to release multiple albums of his spirited R&B-infused sounds, including highlights like 2009's Jerri Curl Muzic, 2012's Juke Joint Music, and 2015's Showtime.