Rock$tar – [Smooky MarGielaa]

Smooky MarGielaa is an artist that screams potential. The seventeen year old prodigy is a member of the Harlem collective A$AP MOB, having featured on three tracks from the group’s Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy album. Smooky is also a part of the AWGE collective, a creative agency founded by A$ap Rocky. The highlight of Smooky’s career so far is undoubtedly his hit song “Flight To Memphis,” which features A$ap Rocky, Juicy J, and Chris Brown. Another notable moment is Smooky’s feature on “Can’t Fall N Luv,” a track and music video by the rapper Hoodrich Pablo Juan. Furthermore, in 2017 when Meek Mill was serving jail time, Smooky released a song titled “Not Right” in defense of Meek for solidarity. Before releasing his latest single “Rock$tar,” my favorite track of Smooky’s was “Too Blessed;” a simple, yet catchy record where MarGielaa recalls difficult moments from his childhood while expressing gratitude for his present circumstances. However, “Rock$tar,” the latest single from Smooky is by far his most impressive release to date, showcasing his signature flow over a bass-dominated beat. Despite his sound being reliant on auto-tune, Smooky’s usage of the technology is comparable to Travis Scott, in the sense that both artists have figured out to stand out from others that use it. Considering Smooky is just seventeen, it will be interesting to see whether or not his voice eventually changes, but for now he has no concerns of anyone else replicating his sound. On his latest offering, Smooky makes clear that everyone should know he is legit; flaunting his financial wealth and luxury of “getting in any spot” despite his young age. With continued guidance, investment, and mentorship from artists such as A$ap Rocky, it would not surprise me if Smooky MarGielaa becomes a household name in the near future. I look forward to hearing MarGielaa’s upcoming project Youngest in Charge, with this song potentially being a single off it. Watch the music video for “Rock$tar” below!

Words by Brandon Washington