Christopher Smith Jr (born October 2, 1991), better known by his stage name Smino, is a rapper from St. Louis. According to Genius‘ bio, Smino combines hip-hop with funk and soul influences. In 2015, he formed the music collective Zero Fatigue with producer Monte Booker, rapper Jay2, and singer Ravyn Lenae. He is a frequent collaborator with members of the Chicago rap collective SAVEMONEY, and another Chicago rap collective, PIVOT.
Learn more about him in this Rolling Stone interview and peep a few of his recent tracks below.
Smino explains where he got the inspiration from for Anita. “I had just seen the movie Hidden Figures. It was tight to see how many cold-ass black women was really making shit shake behind the scenes. Leaving the theater, I was talking to my shorty and appreciating her. You know, sometimes you got a little extra adoration for your little thing with them. So, I was in that kind of mood, and I wanted to show some kind of love and appreciation, so I did it through a song. And then I was kind of thirsty to let her hear it. I was trying to shine some love for her.”
“Netflix & Dusse” sees Smino trying to get aquatinted with a girl for the night. Originally, the single verse featured on this song was part of a leaked version off Big Sean’s “Living Single” track featuring Chance the Rapper and Jeremih but did not make the official cut.
“Wild Irish Roses” invokes a brand of bottom-shelf fortified wine to paint a picture of cruising around with a love interest. The invitation to “ride with [Smino]” to get some Wild Irish Roses is a sexual proposition. Whilst out, the pair “pull over” to have sex.
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