The Ones: Smino's “Donny Outthaway”

Mankaprr Conteh
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Smino - “Donny Outthaway”

Late last month, the global Afropunk music and culture festival pulled off an impressive digital incarnation of their massive events. Dozens of artists, including Moses Sumney and Ari Lennox, submitted creative performances filmed around the world. St. Louis wordsmith Smino held it down for rap fans, casually bounding through a studio and miming “Z4L,” a standout from his 2018 album NOIR. His set is well-produced but pretty standard until he turns a corner into a tight room, “Z4L” cuts out, and a soulful instrumental kicks in. Smino unveils “Donny Outthaway” for the first time, a smooth song packed with proud quips like, “Niggas think you can't do it 'cause they can't do it” and “I heard you was lookin' for me/Well the last place you had me was fucked up.” Intertwined with the bravado and jest are timely bars about fearing Ferguson, Missouri police and feeling frustrated with politics. “Workin' on a world where I can govern my own,” he repeats before kicking the camera-person out.

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Originally Appeared on Pitchfork