Celebrity Interviews

Smino Talks Crashing on Studio Floors, Touring w SZA + Delivers Acapella Freestyle on Sway In The Morning

Smino stopped by Sway In The Morning and discussed his rise to success. The 26-year-old explained his musical start as a small drum-playing church-boy, before expanding his musical talents into rhyming on paper.

A St. Louis native, Smino recalls on the chilling memory of Anthony Brown’s killing, explaining that he and his band performed in Ferguson the night prior to his death. Following this, the lyricist changed his goal to a more positive message. He moved from Missouri to Chicago, sleeping on studio floors and couches, only collecting income from performances.

Now, Brown’s 18-track album blkswnis captivating audiences nationwide, recently enabling him to move out of the studio and into his own place. Check out the full interview to hear how he brewed up his stage-name, his approach to collaborations, and hear his sick Acapella freestyle.


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