If there were ever a spin-off flick called The League of Extraordinary RappersSmino would undeniably secure a lead role.

Since the loaded release of his debut album blkswn, the steamroller sensation produced by Sango, Smino returns with NOIR – taking a daring turn from his first LP, the Missouri native diversifies, channeling multiple voices, sounds and even the occasional yodel.

Raw, broad-ranging, and unbelievably smooth all at once, Smino dips in and out of vocal styles, musical genres, the highs and lows, and spills dirt, everywhere from riding in a “KOVERT” coupe to having “FENTY SEX (feat. Dreezy)” with his real-life Scorpio lover, and plainly put – this MC ascends beyond the game.

Just as its name would reveal, “MERLOT” is smooth from start until end, while delivering that “MF GROOVE (ft. Ravyn Lenae)“, a celestial affirmation of needing a sign from above, before enclosing the album with the mellifluent “VERIZON“, which sees Smino do what he does best – simply let it flow.

Listen below.


Last month, St. Louis rapper-singer, Smino, released his debut album and didn’t disappoint. Coming from an extremely musical family (including a grandfather who played bass guitar for Muddy Waters), Smino has described his sound as futuristic funk or soulful rap. Now, after winning over a ton of new listeners with his latest project, blkswn, Smino’s Swanita Tour is right around the corner.

The Chicago, IL show will kick off the tour on Wednesday, April 26th. Smino and crew will then pass through 22 cities including Toronto, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Houston before wrapping up the tour in his hometown, St. Louis.

Check out the full tour schedule below. Also, if you haven’t already, take a listen to the 18-track blkswn album above.

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Written by DJ Robinson