Chicago-based Saint Louis rapper Smino gets ‘a lot more ass shaking’ on the new Noir
November 8, 2018 at 6:00AM
Much of the rest of Noir takes after the second part of "Kovert," sticking to relatively traditional hip-hop instrumentals. "Hoopti" uses a piano-sampling instrumental that speeds up partway through the track—at first Smino straight-up sings, indulging in jazzy embellishments on lush lines such as "You look like a classic, took your time, a crafted dish," but as the beat accelerates he shifts to a smooth, swift flow. "Pizano," a catchy tribute to the classic Chicago pizza chain, also lets Smino show off his furious flow over its dreamy beat—though he raps about Italian underwear as well as about Italian food.