Hip-Hop / Rap
Chris Smith Jr., better known as Smino, is a rapper and multi instrumentalist from St. Louis, Missouri who later transplanted in Chicago to contribute to the rising music scene there. Most of Smino’s releases are in collaboration with other counterparts of the Zero Fatigue collective, a conglomerate made of Smino, producer Monte Booker, and vocalist Ravyn Lenae. Smino's single, "Blkjptr" caught him considerable attention then paving the way for the young artist's journey throughout music as he would go on to tour with the likes of: Mick Jenkins, SZA, & fellow counterparts, Monte Booker & Ravyn Lenae. Smino’s debut album, Blkswn, released in 2017.
Smino continues to turn heads in 2018, recently releasing his highly anticipated NOIR album. Featuring Ravyn Lenae, Dreezy and Valee, NOIR showcases the rhythm-bending blend of rapping and singing that originally made audiences fall for him. The playful production and heavy use of sampling pushes Smino even further into the hip-hop big leagues. In Jan 2019, Ones To Watch announced a partnership with Zero Fatigue to present Smino’s forthcoming ‘Hoopti’ tour, which will bring both NOIR and the one-of-a-kind rapper’s unique vision to fans across North America.
February 13, 2019 The fusion of tribal, hip-hop, and electronica undercurrents that surge forth paint a picture of love lost under the flashing lights of the dance floor.
Author: Maxamillion Polo
February 11, 2019 EARTHGANG and Phoelix have different styles, but both acts’s witty lyrics and electrifying rap beats will impress audiences across the country.
Author: Kelly Itatani
November 13, 2018 “Damn Smino, what an album!”
Author: Chuck Ramos
September 14, 2018 Another legendary week for music, and it's all included in our playlist.
Author: Yasmin Damoui
August 16, 2018 Taking place in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 25 & 26, this is a time to celebrate the booming black community.
Author: Jordan Smith
Genre: Dance / R&B / Soul
From: Chicago, IL
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Genre: Hip-Hop / R&B / Rap
From: Los Angeles, CA
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Genre: Hip-Hop / R&B / Soul
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Genre: Hip-Hop / Rap
From: Chicago, IL
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