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Smith performing in 2016
Smith performing in 2016
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Smith Jr.
Also known asC. Smi, Smeezy
Born (1991-10-02) October 2, 1991 (age 30)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
InstrumentsVocals, drums
Years active2009–present

Christopher Smith Jr. (born October 2, 1991), better known by his stage name Smino, is an American rapper and singer from St. Louis, Missouri. Smino is the founder of the musical collective Zero Fatigue with Bari, Monte Booker, Jay2, and Ravyn Lenae.[2] He is a member of the hip-hop supergroup Zoink Gang, with JID, Buddy and Guapdad 4000.[3] He is also one third of the supergroup Ghetto Sage, with Saba and Noname.[4] Smino is signed to Downtown Records and Interscope.

Smino initially gained local recognition in 2012 where he released a mixtape called Smeezy Dot Com, and a collaboration mixtape with Bari called Retail. In 2015, he released two EPs: S!Ck S!Ck S!Ck and blkjuptr.[5] His debut studio album, blkswn was released to critical acclaim on March 14, 2017.[6] His second studio album, NØIR, was released on November 8, 2018.[7]

Early life[edit]

Chris Smith Jr. was born into a musical family in St. Louis, Missouri: his father played keys, his mother sang, and his grandfather played bass guitar for Blues Hall of Fame musician Muddy Waters. Both his father and grandfather were given opportunities to take their music far, but they gave up their success to be with their families. When he was seven, his father gave him a set of drums, which he played in his church's band, and also began rapping. He later moved to Chicago, Illinois for college under the wing of his older cousin, singer Drea Smith.[8][9]

Musical career[edit]

2009–2015: Career beginnings and various projects[edit]

Between 2009 and 2013, Smino went by the stage name C. Smi, and was in a rap duo with his friend Bari Allen called "Young Dumb and Outta Control" (YDOC), where they released three mixtapes including Retail. As they started to gain popularity locally, Smino released his first solo mixtape, Smeezy Dot Com in 2012 and moved back to Chicago.[8] At Columbia College Chicago, he met engineer Chris "Classick" Inumerable, who became his manager.[10][11]

On October 2, 2015 Smino released his first EP, S!Ck S!Ck S!Ck.[12][13] On December 11, 2015, he released his second EP titled Blkjuptr.[14]

2016–2017: blkswn[edit]

Smino at Lollapalooza in 2016

On July 31, 2016, Smino appeared on Noname's mixtape, Telefone, with Saba and Phoelix on the track "Shadow Man".[15] In the fall of 2016, Smino was alongside Mick Jenkins on the A Quest For Love Tour. On October 27, he made another guest appearance on Bucket List Project on the song "World in My Hands".[16]

On December 2, 2016, Smino released the title track to serve as the first single from his debut album, blkswn, which was released on March 14, 2017. The release date holds a special significance to the St. Louis rapper because 314 is the area code of his hometown. The album includes guest appearances from Ravyn Lenae, Bari, Noname, theMIND, Jay2, Via Rosa, Drea Smith, and Akenya, with production coming from Monte Booker, THEMpeople, Sango, Phoelix, and J. Bird.[17]

Following the album's release, he headlined in his month-long Swanita Tour, which included 22 dates with guests Monte Booker, Jay2, Bari, and Jean Deaux.[18] On July 6, it was announced that Smino and Ravyn Lenae will be opening for SZA on The CTRL Tour.[19] He later released music videos for "Anita", "Netflix & Dusse", and "Wild Irish Roses". During October, he was opening act for T-Pain on his Acoustic Tour, who appeared on the remix for "Anita".[20][21]

2018–2019: NØIR[edit]

In April 2018, he and Monte Booker co-headlined the Kouple Drillz Tour which included shows in Asia and Australia.[22] On May 17, he released a single called "New Coupe, Who Dis?" featuring Mick Jenkins.[23] He also appeared on some of his frequent collaborative producers tracks, Cam O'Bi on "TenderHeaded", Phoelix on "Taranphoeno", and Sango on "Khlorine".[24] On July 9, he released a remix to Drake's "In My Feelings", and a track called "Coupe Se' Yern" produced by himself.[25]

On October 26, 2018, Smino released a single titled "L.M.F." produced by Sango, accompanied by a music video.[26] Smino released the album's second single titled "Klink" on November 4, announcing it via an Instagram post.[27] His second album, NØIR, was released on November 8.[28] The album includes guest appearances from Zero Fatigue members, Bari, Jay2, and Ravyn Lenae, as well as Dreezy, and Valee. The production came from himself, Monte Booker, THEMpeople, Sango, Phoelix, KRS, Al B Smoov, and Da-P.[29] In 2019, Smino announced the Hoopti Tour, which included 33 shows in England, the United States, and Canada.[30] Supporting acts for the tour will be EarthGang and Phoelix.[31] On April 3, 2019, Smino released the music video for "Z4L", directed by Ev Solomon and produced by AJR Films, with clips of backstage footage on tour.[32]

Following the success of NØIR, Smino was invited to participate in the recording sessions for Revenge of the Dreamers III, an collaborative album released by Dreamville Records in July 2019. On the original release of the album, he was featured on "1993", "Sacrifices", and "Oh Wow...Swerve" as a member of Zoink Gang. When the album's Director's Cut edition was released, Smino was featured on two additional tracks: "Spin Move" and "Passcode". In August 2019, Smino appeared with Saba, Earthgang, and J. Cole in the music video for "Sacrifices", which has amassed almost 20 million views as of March 2021.[33][34]

2019–2020: She Already Decided and collaborations[edit]

On October 17, 2019, he announced the supergroup Ghetto Sage with Saba and Noname, releasing a single titled "Häagen Dazs".[35] On October 25, he released the single "Trina", produced by Kenny Beats and Lido.[36] On December 23, he released a two-song EP titled High 4 Da Highladays. Throughout the year, he colloborated with many artists such as Chance the Rapper, Cousin Stizz, SiR, and Doja Cat.[37]

Smino performing at Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City in 2021

In February 2020, Smino announced the completion of his third studio album. On March 14, he released the song "Tempo" produced by VZN.[38] On April 20, 2020, Smino released the mixtape She Already Decided, which includes guest appearances from Sevyn Streeter, T-Pain, Bari, and Rizz Capolatti. Production on the mixtape came from Groove, Kal Banx, VZN, and Phoelix among others.[39] In August 2020, Smino was featured on the soundtrack to the Madden NFL 21 game, on the song "Backstage Pass", alongside Monte Booker and The Drums.[40] Smino made further collaborations in 2020 appearing on songs with JID, Ari Lennox, and Thundercat.

2021–present: Luv 4 Rent[edit]

On January 18, 2021, Smino released the song "MLK Dr" in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.[41] On May 18, Smino released the single "Rice & Gravy" with Monte Booker.[42] The single was also performed on Colors Studio on May 24.[43] He appeared on guest verses throughout 2021 including "Claymore" by Isaiah Rashad, "Right Track" by Syd and "Louie Bag" by Yebba. On November 11, Smino released the single "I Deserve" featuring NOS.[44] On November 16, Smino announced he signed a new record deal with Motown in partnership with his independent label Zero Fatigue.[45]

On December 7, 2021, Smino debuted a series with Issa Rae Productions on YouTube Originals titled What Say What?!.[46] On the first episode, he announced the title of his third studio album, Luv 4 Rent, while performing "I Deserve" and an unreleased song called "Black Luv Ain't Dead".[47]

Personal life[edit]

In January 2021, Smino found out that he is related to Florida rapper, Denzel Curry, through the discovery of a shared uncle.[48]


Smino describes his sound as futuristic funk and soulful rap. He grew up listening to a lot of jazz, gospel, and hip hop, with rappers including Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Nelly, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Field Mob. Smino names Kanye West, André 3000 and Lil Wayne as his biggest musical influences, as well as his cousin, Drea Smith.[49] In an interview with Pitchfork he stated, "I grew up in the church, so it was a bunch of gospel along with Musiq Soulchild, Em, T-Pain—just a bunch of soulful dudes that are country. My first favorite rapper was Ludacris."[12]

Scott Glaysher of Exclaim! described his music is a "mix of smart rapping and crowd-pleasing, futuristic R&B grooves."[50] Jay Balfour from Pitchfork said he focuses "on his incredibly versatile voice within a warm palette of sludgy R&B and neo-funk" and "throws a million different voices into the mix."[51] Rolling Stone said "his rap makes room for southern R&B and imperfect harmony singing; the drums are inevitably cooled out, like nth-wave neo soul."[52]

Other ventures[edit]

Zero Fatigue[edit]

Smino is a founder and part of a musical collective and record label called Zero Fatigue with Monte Booker, Jay2, Bari, Ravyn Lenae, Elton "L10MixedIt" Chueng, Chris "Classick" Innumerable, and Nosidam. The collective's origins began when Smino met Classick at Columbia College Chicago, who owned a recording studio in his house in Chicago and later became his manager. Interning for Classick, engineer and mixer L10MixedIt Chueng met Smino in that studio where they began working together.[53] Unofficial members and affiliates of the collective include Jean Deaux, Drea Smith, Phoelix, & JayBaby TheGreaty.[54]


Kribmas is an annual Christmas concert and fundraising event hosted by Smino in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, which began in 2016. Ymani Wince wrote about the event saying, "Kribmas is more than just Smino's homecoming weekend; the rapper's team employs local photographers, videographers, stylists, businesses and artists to put each element of the show together."[55]


On April 5, 2018, Smino unveiled his design of satin-lined hoodies called "Silk Pillows", named after his song of the same name. After it went viral on the internet, he explained the design addresses the problem of waking up with messy or damaged hair.[56][57][58]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with album details and selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
  • Released: November 8, 2018
  • Label: Zero Fatigue, Downtown, Interscope
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
Luv 4 Rent
  • Released: TBA
  • Label: Zero Fatigue, Motown, EQT
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
S!Ck S!Ck S!Ck
  • Released: October 2, 2015
  • Label: Zero Fatigue
  • Format: Digital download
  • Released: December 11, 2015
  • Label: Zero Fatigue
  • Format: Digital download
  • Released: July 9, 2018[60]
  • Format: Digital download
High 4 Da Highladays
  • Released: December 23, 2019[61]
  • Label: Zero Fatigue, Downtown, Interscope
  • Format: Digital download


Title Album details
Smeezy Dot Com
  • Released: April 25, 2012
  • Format: Digital download
She Already Decided
  • Released: April 20, 2020
  • Format: Digital download


Title Album details
A Thousand Miles & Jumpin
(with Bari Allen)
  • Released: November 4, 2009
  • Format: Digital download
Pardon the Interruption
(with Bari Allen)
  • Released: January 5, 2010
  • Format: Digital download
(with Bari Allen)
  • Released: June 15, 2013
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"blkjuptr"[62] 2016 blkjuptr
"blkswn"[63] blkswn
"Anita"[63] 2017
"Anita (Remix)"[64]
(featuring T-Pain)
Non-album single
"Netflix & Dusse"[63] blkswn
"Wild Irish Roses"[63] 2018
"L.M.F."[26] NØIR
(featuring Bari & Jay2)
"Reverend"[65] Non-album single
"Tempo"[66] 2020
(with JID & Kenny Beats)
"Backstage Pass"[68]
(with Monte Booker and The Drums)
Madden NFL 21
"MLK Dr" 2021 Non-album single
"Rice & Gravy"
(with Monte Booker)
Luv 4 Rent
"I Deserve"
(featuring NOS.)

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as a featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
(Monte Booker featuring Smino)
2016 Soulection White Label - Monte Booker
"World in My Hands"[70]
(Saba featuring Smino & LEGIT)
Bucket List Project
(Cam O'bi featuring Smino)
2018 Grown Ass Kid
(tobi lou featuring Smino)
Non-album single
(Sango featuring Smino)
In The Comfort Of
"Bad Boys"[73]
(Pivot Gang featuring Saba, Joseph Chilliams, MfnMelo & Smino)
2019 You Can't Sit With Us
(Leven Kali featuring Smino & Topaz Jones)
"Dragonball Durag (Remix)"[75]
(Thundercat featuring Smino & Guapdad 4000)
2020 It Is What It Is
"BET Uncut"[76]
(MadeinTYO featuring Chance the Rapper & Smino)
Never Forgotten
(Denzel Curry and Robert Glasper featuring Smino)
2021 Unlocked 1.5
"Louie Bag"
(Yebba featuring Smino)
"Right Track"
(Syd featuring Smino)
(reggie featuring Smino)
"2 seater"
(Tiana Major9 featuring Smino)
2022 Fool Me Once

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Touch The Ceiling" 2012 Bari Allen YDOC
"Money Man"[78] 2015 NAPALM Life as a Bachelor
"Money Like a Pastor"[79] Gdot Markee, Corban Josiah Chicken Money
"Don’t Kall My Name"[80] Jean Deaux Non-album single
"XYZ"[81] 2016 Jean Deaux Non-album single
"Shadow Man"[82] Noname, Saba, Phoelix Telefone
"No Cape"[83] Sean Deaux Vice City 2
"Kompany"[84] 2017 Monte Booker, Phoelix Non-album single
"The Run Around"[85] 2018 Ambi Lyrics Study Hall
"Taranphoeno"[86] Phoelix, Jean Deaux TEMPO
"Intrigue"[87] Bari Allen The Prefix
"Ace"[88] Noname, Saba Room 25
"Exhale"[89] Kemba Gilda
"Blood on My Hands"[90] 2019 August 8 Happy Endings with an Asterisk
"1993"[91] Buddy, Cozz, EarthGang, JID, J. Cole Revenge of the Dreamers III
"Sacrifices"[91] EarthGang, J. Cole, Saba
"Dork"[92] Jay2 4 Tha Wait
"Eternal"[93] Chance the Rapper The Big Day
"Anonymous"[94] Cousin Stizz Trying to Find My Next Thrill
"LA Lisa"[95] SiR Chasing Summer
"Rap City"[96] femdot. 94 Camry Music
"Won't Bite"[97] Doja Cat Hot Pink
"Spin Move"[98] 2020 Bas, Saba, The Hics Revenge of the Dreamers III: Director's Cut
"Passcode"[98] Ari Lennox, Buddy, Mez, Guapdad 4000
"I Been (Remix)"[99] Ari Lennox Shea Butter Baby (Remix EP)
"Gimme The Wheel"[100] Alina Baraz It Was Divine
"gucci slides"[101] Ambré Pulp (Director's Cut)
"Plead The .45th"[102] 2021 Saba Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album
"Claymore" Isaiah Rashad The House Is Burning
"Mo' Liquor" Kari Faux Lowkey Superstar
"Scenic Drive" Khalid, Ari Lennox Scenic Drive
"Still" 2022 Saba, 6lack Few Good Things
"God Body" Lucky Daye Candydrip

Production discography[edit]


Chris Smith Jr - Smeezy Dot Com
  • 01. "Solar"
  • 02. "Smeezy Dot Com"
  • 03. "Who is Dude"
  • 04. "Kill"
  • 05. "Yves Saint Louis"
  • 06. "Tha Man"
  • 07. "Sara Lee (Interlude)"
  • 08. "Juicin'"
  • 09. "Overdose"
  • 10. "Heaven on Mars"
  • 11. "Bombay" (with Bari Allen)


Chris Smith Jr & Bari Allen - Retail
  • 01. "Clientle"
  • 02. "The Spekulation"
  • 03. "Werk"
  • 04. "Mind Bleed"
  • 05. "Uza Nigga"
  • 06. "Slow Burn"
  • 07. "Wett"
  • 08. "Vanity"
  • 09. "Purgatory"
  • 10. "No Limit (Interlude)"
  • 11. "Flawless P"
  • 12. "Sweet Jesus"
  • 13. "Goin Krazy"
  • 14. "The Growth"


Smino - 4sport
  • 02. "coupe se' yern"
Smino - New Coupe, Who Dis? - Single
Bari - The Prefix
  • 03. "Intrigue" (featuring Smino) (produced with Monte Booker)
Jean Deaux - Krash
  • 05. "Energy / Who-U" (featuring Ravyn Lenae) (produced with Phoelix & ROMderful)
Smino - NØIR
  • 15. "Krushed Ice" (featuring Valee)
  • 17. "MF Groove" (featuring Ravyn Lenae)


Maxo Kream - Weight of the World
  • 16. "Believe" (featuring Don Toliver) (produced with Monte Booker)

Music videos[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of music videos as lead artist, showing year released and director(s)
Title Year Director(s)
"blkjuptr" 2016 Jacob Chavez[103]
"Anita" 2017 Jean Deaux[104]
"Netflix & Dusse" Calmatic[105]
"Anita (Remix)"
(featuring T-Pain)
"Wild Irish Roses" 2018 Jean Deaux[106]
"L.M.F." [107]
(featuring Bari & Jay2)
2019 Ev Solomon[32]
"Klink" Smino, Nicholas Woytuk[108]
"Trina" Child[109]
"Reverend" 2020 Topshotta[110]
"Cabbage (Freestyle)"
"S.A.D. Lil Intro"
"MLK Dr" 2021 Smino & Brick
"I Deserve"
(featuring NOS.)

As featured artist[edit]

List of music videos as lead artist, showing year released and director(s)
Title Year Director(s)
"World In My Hands"
(Saba featuring Smino & LEGIT)
2017 Tom Vin
(tobi lou featuring Smino)
2018 Glassface
(Sango featuring Smino)
(Dreamville featuring EarthGang, J. Cole, Smino & Saba)
2019 Scott Lazer, David Peters, and Chad Tennies[111]
(Leven Kali featuring Smino & Topaz Jones)
2020 Alexandra Gaville[112]
"BET Uncut"
(MadeinTYO featuring Chance the Rapper & Smino)
David “FilthyMcDave” Hightower[113]
"Louie Bag"
(Yebba featuring Smino)


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Beats + Bites with the Potash Twins Himself Episode 4
2021 What Say What?! Himself Episode 1; also creator


  • Swanita Tour (2017)
  • Kouple Drillz Tour (with Monte Booker) (2018)
  • Hoopti Tour (2019)
  • Euro Fatigue Tour (2020)


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