18th Mar2018

(Video) Smooky MarGielaa Breaks Down “Stay ‘100’” On Genius

by @Djordje

Smooky MarGielaa turned heads last year with his melodic features on A$AP Mob’s project ‘Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy.’ The 15-year-old Bronx rapper kicked off his career as A$AP Rocky’s latest protégé and member of the AWGE collective.

As the son of a famous Malian singer and guitarist, Smooky naturally gravitated towards music and started rapping around 13. He’s continued to impress fans with a slew of solo singles, including the viral bop “Stay ‘100.’”

Produced by French beat-maker CashMoneyAP, the song reflects on Smooky’s newfound success and his desire to stay away from the streets. He tells Genius that he wrote the song during a trip to Los Angeles, as he reflected on all the hate he used to get before he was famous. The track also references the time he tried to sneak into Coachella with his friends.

Read more on Genius.

28th Feb2018

(Video) Smooky MarGielaa – Come Up

by @Djordje

Smooky partners with WSHH for his latest song and music video, “Come Up.” Watch above.

05th Feb2018

New Music: Smooky MarGielaa – Twenty 2

by @Djordje

Smooky and WhereIs22 link up for “Twenty 2.” Stream below.

05th Feb2018

(Video) Smooky MarGielaa Interview with No Jumper

by @Djordje

Smooky sits down with No Jumper for an exclusive interview. Watch above.

31st Jan2018

Smooky MarGielaa Talks To Interview Magazine

by @Djordje

In an era flooded with rappers who only seem to be getting younger, the 15-year-old Bronx star Smooky Margielaa stands out. He’s emerged in a cluttered New York rap environment, where artists and collectives from every borough are striving to become the next Bobby Shmurda or Cardi B. His local contemporaries include the artists in Brooklyn’s drill scene, the lo-fi Slums crew that stretches from Crown Heights to the Bronx, Staten Island’s Squidnice, and Queens’ Flee. Amid the competition, Margielaa’s got a rare ability to render emotionally resonant AutoTuned melodies in sharp detail, recalling the late Speaker Knockerz.

Margielaa credits his style to the West African music he encountered during his youth. His dad is the famous Malian musician Abdoulaye Diabaté; Margielaa grew up playing the balafon, a West African instrument similar to a xylophone. “When I play the balafon, it has melodies in it,” he explained to Pigeons and Planes. “Sometimes, you can hear that melody in my voice.” This experience lends a depth to his music lacked by many of his peers in the realm of teen-centric internet rap.

Continue reading on Interview Magazine.

07th Jan2018

(Video) Smooky MarGielaa – VLONE Flex

by @Djordje

Smooky starts out the new year strong with a new song & video for “VLONE Flex.” Check out the visuals above and stay tuned for more from the MarGielaa mad man in 2018.

22nd Dec2017

New Music: King Combs – Feeling Savage ft. Smooky MarGielaa

by @Djordje

Smooky MarGielaa links with King Combs for “Feeling Savage.” Stream below.

05th Dec2017

New Music: Smooky MarGielaa & Kodie Shane – Twenty Mill

by @Djordje

Smooky links up with Kodie Shane on “Twenty Mill.” Listen to the WSHH-premiered track above.

12th Nov2017

New Music: Smooky MarGielaa – Not Right

by @Djordje

Smooky drops some new heat with Murda on the beat. Listen to “Not Right” below. #FREEMEEK.

06th Nov2017

New Music: AR – Traffic ft. A$AP Ant, Smooky MarGielaa & Thouxanbanfauni

by @Djordje

DJ Nick drops a new exclusive by A$AP Ant, Smooky MarGielaa and Thouxanbanfauni over production by AR. Listen to “Traffic” below.

29th Oct2017

New Music: Drew Drippy & Smooky MarGielaa – No Games

by @Djordje

Drew Drippy and Smooky MarGielaa link up for “No Games.” Listen to the Jamz-produced cut below.

26th Oct2017

Smooky MarGielaa Interview with The FADER

by @Djordje

Smooky MarGielaa’s 15th year of life has been more exciting than probably most other kids his age can say. The Bronx rapper and singer has a slightly raspy, light-beam of a voice that has captivated artists — he has features sprinkled across A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes: Vol 2 — and audiences alike; check his self-released loosies like the heartfelt and anthemic “Stay 100,” or the delightfully braggy “Money Talk.” It’s an impressive body of work from someone so young and new, but from the first few seconds of hearing his voice on any song, it becomes clear this isn’t Smooky’s first go at music.

From around the age of seven, Smooky was *touring across* the U.S. with his father, Malian artist Abdoulaye Diabaté, performing alongside him on djembe and balafon. Around the same time, he’d regularly perform covers of Michael Jackson songs at West African cultural events that took place in and around New York: “I think that’s what really made me sing. If it wasn’t for that, I don’t think I would be singing.” In middle school, he started recording songs on his cell phone and sharing them via Soundcloud and Facebook, earning him local popularity. Soon after, he made the most of a chance encounter with A$AP Rocky, and hasn’t looked back since.

While in Dallas, Texas, for a Cozy Tour stop, Smooky talked to us over the phone about his upbringing, what he’s learned from his time on tour, and how he’s balancing school and music. He also shared some words about his new song “The Judge,” a song from his upcoming MMM mixtape, produced entirely by CashMoney AP. Listen to the track, and get to know Smooky, below.

Continue reading on The FADER.