smino blkswn

The St. Louis rapper uses 3/14 day to show off his debut album, blkswn.

Smino’s gamble with music has paid off. Last year, the St. Louis emcee managed to weave a nasally, cheery verse onto Big Sean’s “Living Single” and steal the show. Then he managed to add even more weight to Saba’s Bucket List Project finale of “World In My Hands”. As a rapper, he’s nimble; the kind of clever and engaging act that wins over fans and festival bookmakers alike. Thanks to his right hand man Monte Booker, his voice as fit in pocket next to warmed up synths and easy to navigate drum patterns. By the time you finish a Smino track, the repeat button isn’t far off from your list of things to do next. Last year’s blkjuptr was a prelude. Now the real fun is to be had.

To celebrate 314 day (yesterday), Smino released his debut album. Titled blkswn, the 18-track excursion features plenty of syrupy, feel-good records such as “Anita”, “Father Son Holy Smoke”, and “Netflix & Dusse”. Booker handles most of the production here as guests include some of his Chicago affiliates like Ravyn Lenae, theMIND, Via Rosa and Akenya. You can stream blkswn below via Soundcloud and purchase the album on iTunes.

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