RESPECT. Premiere: Kiari The Stone – “Smile 4 Me”

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If you’re still wondering if Las Vegas has a music scene outside of the glitz and glamor EDM lifestyle sold by The Strip, you haven’t been paying attention. Established cats like Dizzy Wright have made it normal to hear kids in other cities rapping about Sam’s Town & Budget Suites; while up and comers like Le$LaFlame, T.R@bb & Asaiah Ziv have all showcased flashes of the versatility in the cultural melting pot that is Sin City. Perhaps the most intriguing of the bunch is North Las Vegas native Kiari The Stone, who takes a more suave approach than usual in the new visual for, “Smile 4 Me.”

Originally titled, “Smile,” the song was featured on our With All Due RESPECT. list and received a bit of a regional buzz. Now revamped with auto-tuned ad-libs — that actually DON’T suck for once — and a new solo from featured Trumpeter Fendi Sean, the newly dubbed, “Smile 4 Me” boasts one of the more wavy videos to come out of the 702 in recent memory. Shot at, “the local neighborhood bodega” as Stone puts it, the video captures the Vegas essence down to a tee. From the slot machines at the front of the liquor store, to the “Welcome to Las Vegas” posters peeking out in the background, this video represents the city correctly.

“The idea was hella organic,” said the 20-year-old rapper to RESPECT., “I’m just always in that store to be real, so we had an idea to do a video where I was locked in there. The only thing better than being locked in a liquor store is to be in there with a lady. (laughs)”

When speaking on the feature, Stone had this to say, “The album, PRMSLND¬†will be out before the summer. It’s definitely the most mature record that I’ve ever worked on. There’s a date out there if you can find it, but I’m not going to keep digging that hole, (laughs) but it’s coming within the next month.”

Check out the new CMDelux directed visual for, “Smile 4 Me” below. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for Stone, who’s slated to perform alongside Lil’ B, Xavier Wulf & Maxo Kream at JAMFest, May 13th, in Las Vegas.

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