In the first episode of “Big Smo” on A&E TV we meet “The Real Big Smo” aka the King of Hick Hop, King of the Country, Boss of the Stix, Hick Ross, Big Boss, The Big Smocephus…but call him what you want to call him, this is one of the first reality shows to come along in a long time where the star is authentic. I wouldn’t expect anything less from someone like Big Smo, who always tells it the way it is, especially through his music, and has a posse around him like manager Dan Nelson, singers Haden Carpenter and Alexander King as well as his beautiful other half Whitney, along with his Mama, children and kinfolk (the name he gives his fans).
His music is Country fried rock rap otherwise know as HICK HOP. It’s a sub-genre of Country Music with a twist of southern rock and roll delivered in a rap form.
The show opens with a monologue from Big Smo,
“When I was a little boy, I loved Hip Hop my heroes were the Beastie Boys, Dr Dre, Ice Cube. When I told my parents I wanted to be a rap star, they just laughed and said, ‘Boy don’t you know YOU COUNTRY'”
His lives this anthem: “It takes one heck of a crew to start a crusade!”
“My kinfolk mean everything to me…these are my people who make me who I am….and it’s BIG COUNTRY out here!”
In the spirit of honesty this reality show is completely reality and takes you on a journey of an artist who is giving you the best of what he is. I recently wrote my first music review because I was moved by his music. If you get a chance make sure you check out his new album “Kuntry Livin‘” available at Walmart on itunes.
The series will give you a behind the scenes look at Big Smo’s family, music, and rise to stardom. I am also thinking this show is going to inspire people to feel like if they work hard for something they can make it happen. Big Smo is the guy next door, out in the country, he’s the man you want to root for and hope amazing things happen in his life…fans across the nation will be cheering on his success! I know this, cause I am one of them!
— •Caitlin• (@ThaBranum) June 12, 2014
@TheRealBigSmo .. I really liked the show , my first thought was ok make me like this , and you did , will be watching next week 🙂
— Deanna Singh (@DeannaInToronto) June 12, 2014
— A&E Network (@AETV) June 12, 2014
— Sullins. (@tsullins53) June 12, 2014
Check your local listings to catch episode 3 on A&E TV, or you can get it on demand right here.
“You can tell when something’s real,” says the man known simply as Big Smo. “You can tell when it’s true. And I think what’s made us successful and gotten us this far is that we’re just real people, down-home country folk who really love to make music. People see that.”
Word of mouth, charged by the Internet, meant Smo could count his YouTube views in the millions before he talked to a record label. Low-budget videos showcasing his 32-acre farm, which has been passed down for generations, is his home base HQ. Homegrown in Tennessee, the self-proclaimed Boss of the Stix seamlessly weaves his work and play, his lifestyle and music on that farm, as compellingly as he weaves country, rock and hip-hop together.
His loyal fans – who he affectionately calls his Kinfoke – had better get ready to share Big Smo with an even larger audience.
The reason begins with the release of his major-label debut (June 3 on Warner Bros. records), titled Kuntry Livin’, a 13-song look inside the mind and music of one of the world’s true originals. Followed by a debut of an A&E original series centered on the country rapper, and it’s obvious this larger-than-life Tennessean has entered new territory – with every bit of the edge that brought him here.
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