“Rent’s due” for Smino, as everytime he shares new music to the masses, it’s bound to be something completely unique.
Delivering an eclectic mix of smoothly-sung raps and woozy R&B over the course of his career, the St. Louis enigma has reignited the rollout for his upcoming album, Luv 4 Rent, with a new track “24-8.” Exclusively released on YouTube (Sept. 1), Smi is methodically inching towards L4R’s release — sharing a message that confirms the album for October (or “DROPTOBER”).
“I spent alotta time tryna make this shit perfect only to realize the only perfect things come from God and just being myself… being myself is perfect bc I come from God himself.”Smino
Stopping by Hot 104.1 in St. Louis on Thursday (Sept. 22), Smi previewed his upcoming collaboration “90 Proof” with J. Cole and accidentally divulged on-air that L4R will officially drop on Oct. 21. However, this date has yet to be officially announced by Smi or his team publically.
Pushing the envelope within his dynamic sonic allure, “24-8” sees Smino float over contemplative keys, thumping drums and a whistle sample that whips sporadically throughout the record. “24-8 ballin, feelin like Kobe,” he effortlessly spits in the first verse, flexing his signature slant rhyme flows that make Smi irreplaceably multifaceted.
No one keeps tempo quite like Smino, as “24-8” proves to be an open letter of sorts for the NOIR rapper. Not only does he have bars for days, but the track’s upbeat, laidback energy allows for a realistic depiction of his life — hitting the grocery store and warming up by the fire in the visual. “Can’t wait for the album cause this song HITS,” one fan commented, as L4R is perhaps Smi’s most ancitipated project yet.
He originally announced the LP in an interview with the late Teddy Ray last year (Dec. 7), revealing that L4R’s concept is all about “different types of love.” Also performing the project’s lead single “I Deserve” on the inaugural episode of “WHAT SAY WHAT?”, the talented Lou prodigy is more than ready to gift fans with his third studio album next month.
Amid a captivating feature run in 2022 — hopping on Saba’s Few Good Things, Westside Boogie’s “Can’t Get Over You,” Ravyn Lenae’s Hypnos and “Ameyoncé” off EARTHGANG’s Ghetto Gods deluxe — it’s been nearly nine months since fans have heard a solo effort from Smino.
His previous single “I Deserve” (released on Nov. 11) is a staple of Smino’s knack for versatility — singing, rapping, humming and doing whatever he can to get his point across. His voice oozes raw emotion at every turn, immersing listeners within its focused yet carefree soundscape — courtesy of his collective Zero Fatigue and longtime friend Monte Booker.
Prior to “I Deserve,” the blkswn rapper dropped “Rice and Gravy” in May 2021, which was also backed by Booker’s production. Before that, he shared his Audiomack / SoundCloud exclusive mixtape She Already Decided, which touts memorable holdovers in “Chips & Juice,” “2MuchFronto” and others. Smi is in his element on S.A.D. — having fun and remixing tracks like Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” and Baby Keem’s “Orange Soda.”
The beloved alt-rapper saw mainstream acclaim stemming from his intrepid debut blkswn (2016) and his sophomore follow-up NOIR (2018). While Smino looks to continue his reign as one of music’s most impressive and infectious voices, it seems as though his innermost thoughts, feelings and fears will be present on Luv 4 Rent.
Listen to Smino’s ‘24-8’ below!