Smino has returned with a new single called “I Deserve.” The latest track from the St. Louis singer/rapper features guest vocals from his official DJ, Nostidam., and was produced by J. Cole protégé Kal Banx and Wu10.
“I Deserve” begins with Smino’s vocals gliding over a gentle, lackadaisical piano riff. The song then kicks in with a trap beat and an array of group chants that scatter the background. Lyrically, “I Deserve” is surprisingly emotional, alluding to Smino’s experiences with loss and financial instability. “Sometimes when I get like this /I burn right through my whole zip,” he sings. “Sometimes when I get like this /I might run that check up, I deserve it /Bring them cups out, I deserve it.” Listen to “I Deserve” below.
“I Deserve” follows Smino’s earlier singles from the year, “Rice & Gravy” and “MLK Dr.” He also recently teamed up with Syd for her single “Right Track.”