Last night, hip-hop’s rising star Smino treated a sold out crowd to the premiere of a new track produced by Sango live at Chicago’s Thalia Hall as part of Red Bull Sound Select Presents: A Quest for Love Tour with Mick Jenkins and Smino. The St. Louis native, who currently resides in Chicago, performed with frequent collaborator Monte Booker and a full band. You can watch a clip of the performance HERE.
Smino and fellow Midwest MC Mick Jenkins wrap up their 12-city North American tour tonight in Minneapolis. Red Bull Sound Select Presents: A Quest For Love Tour attracted huge crowds with lines often snaking around the block priced at just $3 in advance.
Rapper Smino was raised in St. Louis but has been making a name for himself after the release of his debut EP “blkjuptr”. Born into a musical family, with a blues bass legend for a Grandfather, Smino’s parents taught him the drums at age seven and shortly after he began rapping, emulating an older cousin who was an MC. As a teenager he began producing and then headed off to college in Chicago. After a few years of shuttling between the two cities, Smino returned to Chicago, connected with 20 year old producer Monte Booker and saw his vision snap into focus. Together with Booker they created the Zero Fatigue crew – a collective of artists, singers and rappers who are pushing boundaries while favoring a more organic and melodic sound. Booker and Smino are currently hard at work on Smino’s debut album.