Smino - "Ciabatta"
Smino's "Raw" (from his S!CK S!CK S!CK EP) is one of my most listened to songs of the year so far, but "Ciabatta" might catch up soon. The St. Louis rapper, who is currently recording in Chicago, raps like it's second nature. He finds pockets in Monte Booker's spacious production and as soon as you catch on to his flow, he switches it up with a touch of melody or a change of pace. Artists with such an innate talent for rapping are often one dimensional, but Smino's songwriting skills and hooks are on point too.—Confusion