Rapper Smino was raised in St. Louis but has been making a name for himself in Chicago's blistering hot rap scene. Born into a musical family, with a blues bass legend for a Grandfather, Smino's parents taught him the drums at age 7 and shortly after he began rapping, emulating an older cousin who was an MC. As a teenager he began producing and then headed off to college in Chicago. After a few years of shuttling between the two cities, Smino returned to Chicago, hooked up with 20 year old producer Monte Booker and saw his vision snap into focus. Together with Booker they created the Zero Fatigue crew - a collective of artists, singers and rappers who are pushing boundaries while favoring a more organic and melodic sound. Booker and Smino are currently hard at work on Simno's debut album.