When your favorite artists tour together, there’s always a part of you that hopes they have time to hit the studio. Last month, Smino and T-Pain brought this fan dream to life with their saucy remix of “Anita,” a true standout from the former’s blkswn album.
In celebration of Black Friday, the duo returns with a bundle of colorful visuals for the tune. T-Pain opens with his suave lines, followed by Smino building upon his original verse. With their matching outfits, the two tour a set filled with beautiful women to create an overall fun time.
Check out the video for “Anita” below.
[Cover image by Ravie B.]
With a diverse and exciting lineup, the debut Tropicália Music & Taco Festival is quickly approaching next week. The festival will take place on November 11 at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, CA, allowing fans to indulge in a wide selection of all-you-can-eat tacos while enjoying performances from the likes of Chicano Batman, Kali Uchis, and Jhené Aiko.
To help you sort through the roster of talent, we’ve compiled a list of five artists you don’t want to miss. In no particular order, let’s begin:
Smino has been racking up his accolades all year. From his critically-acclaimed blkswn debut to touring with SZA and T-Pain, the St. Louis star continues to refine his back-to-back multi-entendres and punchy delivery. His high-octane energy always makes for an unforgettable preformance.
2. Jessie Reyez
Jessie Reyez radiates with soul and passion on each track. Her seriously divine vocal work leaves her emotions raw and uncut. The Toronto-based artist highlights her versatility from dainty acoustic ballads like “Figures” to aptly confident bangers like “Blue Ribbon” with Tim Suby, sure to please new fans and familiar faces alike
GoldLink has come a long way since The God Complex. Recently crowned platinum for At What Cost single “Crew” with Brent Faiyaz and Shy Glizzy, the DMV representative uses his finger roll flow and taste for bouncy beats to craft vivid stories for all. With another North America headlining tour in the books and a Europe tour on the way, be sure to wile out with GoldLink.
4. Cosmo Pyke
Tropicalia Fest will mark a rare performance from London gem Cosmo Pyke. Cuts like “Great Dane” and “Chronic Sunshine” use a colorful palette to paint a warm atmosphere. His soothing voice glides over buttery guitar licks that reels in listeners with ease.
5. Jorja Smith
I first came across Jorja Smith when she unveiled Project 11 back in 2016. After featuring on Drake‘s More Life project earlier this year and “Tyrant” by Kali Uchis, Jorja continues to climb the charts. Her latest offering with Preditah titled “On My Mind” combines her flawless croons with whipping production to create a late night experience.
Check out the full lineup for Tropicália below and learn more here.
In the midst of touring with SZA and Ravyn Lenae, St. Louis icon Smino swung by COLORS Berlin to perform “Maraca.” As one of the many gems from his debut album blkswn, the Monte Booker-produced joint features Smino at his finest bouncing between slick wordplay and punchy ad-libs. Smino delivers a passionate and energetic performance sure to please new and familiar fans alike.
Vibe out to “Maraca” below.
On the heels of a sold-out headlining tour, Smino is back with the latest set of visuals from blkswn. “Netflix & Dussé” captures Smino at his finest stringed over steady rhythms from his right-hand producer Monte Booker. Directed by Calmatic, the late night music video follows Smino at the drive-in as he works his magic. He and the rest of the Zero Fatigue team show no signs of slowing anytime this summer as they continue to drop flawless releases.
Peep the video for “Netflix & Dussé” below.
Smino will also be joining SZA and Ravyn Lenae on the upcoming Ctrl tour. Check out the tour dates below and grab your tickets here.
Ahead of his first headliner show in London next month, Monte Booker is back with some more Zero Fatigue gold for your speakers. “KOMPANY” recruits frequent collaborator Smino and Phoelix for a bouncy and soulful track that captures the essence of summertime in classic Zero Fatigue fashion. Smino’s slick raps float over Monte’s eclectic production, topped off with additional vocals from Phoelix to create a beautifully-crafted collab.
Stream “KOMPANY” below.
As he preps for his headlining tour next week, Smino is keeping up the momentum with the visuals for “Anita.” The track is one of the lead singles from his critically acclaimed debut album blkswn, featuring his soulful verses and production from his right hand monte booker.
Directed by Jean Deaux, the video follows her and Smino on a classic love story, covering everything from games of pool at the bar and riding with the top down. Smino draws inspiration from the recent film Hidden Figures, crafting an ode to the beauty of black women. The Zero Fatigue squad continues to reign with their top-notch, genre-bending content, leaving us eager for more.
Peep the video below and grab tickets to Smino’s upcoming tour with monte booker, Jay2, Bari, and Jean Deaux..
Smino has continued to make a name for himself with his growing discography, including his blkjuptr project from last year, as well as singles like “Kajun” and “Lemon Pon Goose.” Alongside the rest of his Zero Fatigue crew, spanning the talent of monte booker, Ravyn Lenae, Bari, and more, the St. Louis icon is back with his official debut album, blkswn. The extensive 18-track offering marks another step forward in Smino’s sound, pairing his versatile flow with stellar production from the likes of monte, Phoelix, THEMpeople, J. Bird, and j. robb. The blend of hip-hop, electronic, and soul culminates in another top-notch collection of Zero Fatigue content.
Stream blkswn below.
Smino and the Zero Fatigue squad will also be embarking on the Swanita Tour across the States. Peep the dates below and grab tickets here.
St. Louis’ own Smino is back with some new heat for your speakers. Produced by fellow Zero Fatigue member Monte Booker, “Anita” is another showcase of their Gotenks-like synergy. Whether it be a jazzier cut like this one or “Kajun,” listeners are sure to be in for a treat whenever the two join forces. With his blkswn album on the way, as well as talks of a Zero Fatigue album, Smino’s latest offering is more than enough to hold us down.
Stream “Anita” below, revisit “blkswn,” and stay tuned for more on his upcoming album.
Smino catapulted himself into the spotlight this year with his breakout blkjuptr EP and has since kept us eager for more with tracks like “Kajun” and “menu.”
Fresh off touring with Mick Jenkins, the Zero Fatigue captain returns with a taste of his debut album, blkswn. The title track was produced by Seattle producer Sángo—who’s also finishing up his own proper debut—combining their talents in an ethereal tune. Smino’s elastic flow trails over Sángo’s cosmic production, brought together with a whipping hook.
Stream “blkswn” below and stay tuned for more info on the album.
Smino has no intentions of slowing any time soon. While every track from his Zero Fatigue collective is sure to be a treat, he and his team have been especially on point with their assortment of food and beverage tracks (see “Lemon Pon Goose,” “menu,” and “kreme brule“).
His latest offering, “Kajun,” received an acoustic treatment when Smino stopped by Soulection Radio a few weeks back and has finally returned in its studio version glory. Tapping talent from frequent collaborators Jean Deaux, Phoelix, and Monte Booker, Zero Fatigue has another soulful hit on their hands.
Stream “Kajun” below and revisit Smino’s blkjuptr.