Zero Fatigue/Motown Records released the vinyl edition of Smino’s new album, Luv 4 Rent. The acclaimed St. Louis artist, rapper, songwriter, producer and disruptor also dropped the Phillip Youmans-directed visual for the album opener, “4rm Da Source”. Youmans, who is the youngest and first black director to win the Founders Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, also helmed the video for the album’s first single, “90 Proof” [with J. Cole]. Check out the full Luv 4 Rent tracklist below. 

On March 29, Smino will wrap up the Luv Is 4Ever Tour, which he is co-headlining with JID, in Nashville, TN with a sold-out show at Marathon Music The run, which included sold-out dates at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and New York City’s Terminal 5, comes to The Fillmore Detroit tonight. Limited tickets are on sale at  Smino’s upcoming European/UK tour is completely sold out. See below for itinerary. 

Produced primarily by The Yute (Monte Booker, Groove, Phoelix, Smino) as well as Kal Banx and Childish Major, and narrated by ‘The Luv Lord,’ Luv 4 Rent serves as an audio representation of the Black experience for millennials. Smino explains, “Luv 4 Rent is based on the different types of love. Bad love, petty love, obsessive love, real good love, family love. It’s about the different ways I leant out my heart to the point where I didn’t have enough left for myself.” 

Praising “90 Proof” [with J. Cole], Rolling Stone declared, “Both Smino and Cole have a penchant for unearthing the intertwined roots of hip-hop and blues with tender melodies and concerns…it’s why they make an excellent duo when they reconnect on ‘90 Proof.’” Hypebeast touted the track’s “exquisite production work,” and Vibe described it as “smooth like a cognac.” Pitchfork and The FADER also spotlighted the track.

Among many other highlights on Luv 4 Rent, “Matinee” [with Kal Banx] showcases Smino’s wild high-register wails as he admits, “I don’t stress her; I just stretch her,” as a jazz-y groove simmers. V Magazine declared, “[‘Matinee’] does so much more with shifting genre and blurring into different ideas of what a rap hit could be. It’s inventive in the best way.” Then there’s “Pro Freak” [with Doechii & Fatman Scoop], which struts through an old school sample, claps, and gospel-style harmonies. Smino locks into an undeniable and unpredictable fast-paced flow between Doechii’s instantly irresistible hook only to double back to one final funky breakdown offset by fire courtesy of Fatman Scoop. Lil Uzi Vert lights up “Pudgy,” while the rollercoaster concludes on the otherworldly soul of “Lee & Lovie” [with Reggie], presenting the perfect comedown awash in vocal bliss. Check out Sminoperforming a medley of “Lee & Lovie” and “Blu Billy”on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” HERE.


1. 4rm Da Source 

2. No L’s 

3. 90 Proof [with J. Cole] 

4. Pro Freak [with Doechii & Fatman Scoop] 

5. Ole Ass Kendrick 

6. Louphoria [with Cruza] 

7. Blu Billy 

8. Matinee [with Kal Banx] 

9. Nondenominated [with Phoelix & Lucky Daye] 

10. Defibrillator 

11. Garden Lady 

12. Settle Down [with Ravyn Lenae & Cory Henry] 

13. Pudgy [with Lil Uzi Vert] 

14. Curtains 

15. Lee & Lovie [with Reggie] 

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Fri Mar 17 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit 

Sat Mar 18 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe 

Tue Mar 21 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom 

Thu Mar 23 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee 

Fri Mar 24 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore Minneapolis 

Sat Mar 25 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland* 

Tue Mar 28 – Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center 

Wed Mar 29 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works

*Not A Live Nation Date 


Sun Apr 16 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Lille Vega

Tue Apr 18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg Max

Wed Apr 19 – Berlin, Germany – Gretchen

Fri Apr 21 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix

Sat Apr 22 – Paris, France – Trabendo

Tue Apr 25 – London, UK – o2 Kentish Town Forum

Thu Apr 27 – Dublin, Ireland – Button Factory