Last night, the consistently impressive Chicago-via-St. Louis rapper Smino came out with a whole new surprise-release mixtape called She Already Decided. Smino’s been keeping plenty busy lately. Late last year, he formed the supergroup Ghetto Sage with fellow Chicago rappers Noname and Sada, and they released the debut single “Häagen Dazs.” This year, Smino showed up on Dreamville’s Revenge Of The Dreamers III: Director’s Cut compilation and released the hellacious fast-rap clinic “Tempo.” But none of those tracks are on She Already Decided. Instead, Smino has gone ahead and dropped 16 tracks of previously unreleased music online.
She Already Decided has a few guests, like Sevyn Streeter and Bari, and it ends with a remix of “Klink,” a Smino track from 2015, that features T-Pain. Also, on first listen, the tape has Smino rapping over a sample of Project Pat’s “Chickenhead” on one song and Smino interpolating Nelly’s “EI” on another. Early-’00s rap will never die. Also, he freestyles, extremely well, over Roddy Ricch’s “The Box.”
Mostly, though, She Already Decided is a pure solo showcase for Smino. It features his tricky quick-stutter flows, his soft-rasp delivery, and his ability to crank out sunny and understated soul melodies. This guy continues to work at a high level. Stream the mixtape below.
You can download She Already Decided for free here.