Country rapper and reality TV star Big Smo combines rock guitars, hip hop production, and working-class themes to arrive at his unique rural rap sound. He's been at it for more than a decade, and his hard work is paying off -- in 2014 his sixth album Kuntry Livin' cracked the Top 10 of both the rap and country charts. A humble performer known for interacting with his concertgoers after the show, Big Smo is quickly becoming a live favorite among fans of down-home country rap. Whether he's busting out originals like "Workin'" or covering the Beastie Boys' classic "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)", Big Smo always brings plenty of personality and country swagger to the stage on his can't-miss tours.
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Big Smo, a.k.a. John Lee Smith, was born in San Diego but lives on his family farm in Unionville, TN. He began making music in 1999, and in 2002 he released his debut album Kuntry Kitchen. He continued to hone his unique fusion of rap, rock, and country with The Audio Biography in 2003 and Monument Society in 2004, and his high-octane performances in support of the albums earned him a significant regional following. After releasing two more albums in the late '00s, Smo made his major label debut with 2014's Kuntry Livin'. The album was a critical and commercial success, landing at No. 3 on the rap chart and establishing him as one of country rap's biggest rising stars. Since then Smo has starred in an eponymous reality TV show on A&E that gives viewers an inside look at his life and music. An animated and authentic performer, Big Smo continues to entertain ticket buyers with his rural rap jams every time he hits the road on tour.