Smino recently dropped his sophomore album, NOIR, the St Louis rapper proved just how versatile his voice is.
A jazzy, kinda house-y but definitely melodic type of rap, has been pushed by the likes of Masego and Goldlink and is one that is here to stay. Smino brings a fresh take to this new sound of rap after earning his place with his debut album, blkswn.
Growing up in a big, musically-inclined family home in St Louis, Smino’s colourful lyrics and gospel influences are mirrored in NOIR. The artist celebrates his vibrant hometown by throwing in different voices: sometimes singing, self-harmonising but certainly genre blending.
Smino talking of his style on the album states: “I got this new voice that I’m doing, it’s tight. Like 1940s, Dream Girls s**t it’s crazy.”
The 18-track album takes you on a journey from the back of the hood in “Z4L” to a church choir in the Sango produced “LMF”.“Tequila Mockingbird” is a stand out single that reaffirms Smino’s artistic flexibility. This soulful reggae track has a clear island influence and a ringing hook that brightens the whole album.
You can stream NOIR on the Soundcloud link above.