Chats growing up in St. Louis, touring, and being a polymath of the internet age.
“The first time I feel like I’m creative in a day is when I put a fit together.”
By embracing music and culture on his own terms, Smino explores hyperdimensional realms with every cadence and flow at his disposal. Our ability to adjust and grow is largely determined by our deepest feelings and experiences, which propel us forward to create breakthroughs, learn our true identities, and persist. For St. Louis’ Smino, this comes naturally. In the same manner as his musical approach – personal and introspective – PAUSE Magazine welcomed the rapper to further discuss this concept. “I’m responsible for me and in return – how we represent ourselves is going to reflect that.”
Check out the full interview below.
How have you been man? how are you doing?
I’m all good.
Are you happy to be welcoming in the new year?
Yeah, definitely! Definitely a new year, birdie.
Did you do a lot to bring the new year in around festive season? Or have you just been chilling?
We had a little party round the crib with some friends, but I didn’t do too much… I tried to ease my way into the year.
Yeah, you just tried to have a quiet one just to welcome it in, makes sense, I did the same thing. Just to get us going, give us a glimpse of what it’s like to be Smino: what’s it like to be you? What are some things that you’re loving about life right now coming into 2023?
I get to travel a lot. I’m about to go on tour so a whole lot of travelling, a whole lot of fit changes, and a whole lot of family. That’s really my whole vibe, it’s really just family and fly s***.
Travelling, is that internationally or just around the United States?
Both! I’m going to go around the United States then I’m going to go over to Europe. I’ve got a European tour in the UK and all that in the spring.
Coat – Charles Jeffrey, Glasses – Cartier
Do you think the music industry gives creative control to the artist? Or do you think it needs to?
I think it’s more on the artist to understand the ways that they sacrifice their creative control before they actually sacrifice their creative control, because you get something where you usually sacrifice your creative control. You feel a reciprocation, but under conditions. Creative control just sounds like some label s*** to me, but I think what really needs to happen is Spotify, Apple Music, all of the streaming services need to up the ante and pay artists more, that’s really what they need to do. When artists get their first bit of traction and they’ve got all these offers and take the money, and they’re like “Why’s it taking so long?”, I feel like that’s more so because people can’t put out music on streaming and see a lot from it at first. So, I think it’s more so on the streaming services and from there, just do good business.
I completely agree. Let’s talk fashion. You’re without doubt one of the best-dressed rappers out there, but we don’t really see you get your flowers… so we want to give your flowers to you. What does fashion do for you? Is it a means of self-expression? Or is it just going out and putting on clothes and going out to boost your confidence?
I just like fly s***, I like colours, I’ve always been like that. When I was a kid, I had a shiny blue shirt, I just like cool shirts. I’m not trying to be like a fashion legend or anything, I’ve got my style; I dress how I dress. The first time I feel like I’m creative in a day is when I put a ‘fit together and we start from there.
What can we expect from the future? What other pockets of creativity are you looking to get into?
I’m making a cartoon show right now, I’m very excited about it! I’ve just finished the first episode. Hopefully I’ll be previewing that soon.
Any more music coming?
Hell yeah! A whole bunch of stuff. I’ve got a mixtape coming out soon. Right now, I’m just going on tour… we going up this spring for sure.
Who are your top five artists right now?
Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan.