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    Hometown: St. Louis, MO

    If rapid-fire raps and hiccuping production are your thing, get familiar with Smino. The St. Louis rapper (and his producer Monte Booker) had a consistently impressive 2015, driven the success of his last two EPs (blkjptr and S!CK S!CK S!CK).

    He's felt plenty of pull from the music industry, but didn't seem concerned during our interview back in December: "A lot of these industry people think I’m stupid," Smino said. "I’m a young black male; you can’t finesse me. We’ve been getting finessed our whole lives. We get that shit!"

    Catch Smino at our No Ceilings show on Friday at the Main II (Powered by Wix). More details here.