words by Evan Winter
Last night Smino dropped "Anita," produced by go-to producer Monte Booker. It's the second single out from his upcoming album blkswn, following the Sango-produced track of the same name. The Chicago-by-St. Louis rapper explained his inspiration for the track, which he says is ultimately a well-deserved shoutout to black women everywhere.
"I went to see Hidden Figures and it's hella disappointing how there's so many black women in history that aren't written about," the rapper said. "So I wanted to make something to emphasize how raw a black woman is."
"With Trump in office, now is such an important time to be confident about blackness," he continues. "We need some congregational-ass music that we can sing together."
On "Anita," Smino unfurls complex, witty rhymes with a nimble delivery over Monte's playful, lush production. The rapper contorts his voice into emphatic croons at times, and at others drops into warm melodies.
Smino is among the wave of talented artists coming out of the Windy City, along with artists like Saba, Noname, Mick Jenkins and more. In 2016 he released his spectacular debut EP blkjptr, collaborated with the likes of Chance, the Rapper, Big Sean and Jeremih, and he joined fellow Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins on his national tour last fall. With blkswn coming soon, Smino's 2017 is looking up too.
Stream the new track below.