There have been few MC's with the skills to walk between both worlds, attaining success while simultaneously commanding the respect of the indie music aficionados. SmCity's mission is to market the message, package the struggle, and brand the revolution. The music mirrors his hometown of Washington DC, bringing the ghetto and politics face to face in a musical staring match for the ages. At age 23, Simeon "SmCity" Booker has lived an excitingly diverse life, from resisting the social forces heating up the concrete benches of his neighborhood to sharing the stage with the legendary Last Poets and sitting on panels with Dr. Benjamin Chavis.
Extraordinary Rendition marks SmCity's debut release and will be available online for free download on August 4th, accompanied by a limited edition run of physical copies. The 14 track LP takes its name from the term used to describe the apprehension and extra judicial transfer of suspected terrorists and culminates with the gut wrenching, "Remembering Geneva" feat Maimouna Yousef in which SmCity tells a first person account of brutal interrogation techniques used in the so-called war on terror. "I was raised to Speak for the voiceless ..." says SmCity who makes it a point to keep his music controversial and unpredictable. The rest of the LP is full of "Extraordinary Renditions" such as the statement making, "Watch Me" feat Trey Dupree produced by The Best Kept Secret (wale, rhymefest, young chris) or the triumphant "Win Is In The Bag" produced by MarcNfinit (Raheem Devaughn, Akir, Green Lantern). Another noteworthy track is the jazz/go-go influenced "Femme Fatale," where the MC weaves an erotic tale of seduction with a twist. A video for "Femme Fatale" has been featured on numerous hip hop websites including worldstarhiphop, onsmash, illroots and the lab at MTV.
From head engineer in a recording studio to hosting/producing the #1 rated hip hop show on college radio in the DC/MD/VA area, Funkadelic Freestyles, SmCity has continually developed as an artist and visionary in his field. Recording, Mixing and Mastering at the age of 19 was only the beginning as he found himself the front man of a budding hip hop/alternative band, DCUnplugged-- playing gigs across the city. His solo career since then has taken him to college audiences up and down the east coast from Syracuse to Howard, to the University of Delaware opening for major artists including Drake and Young Jeezy. In his hometown DC, he gave a special guest performance for a sold out audience at URB magazine's Inaugural Gala for President Obama feat Charles Hamilton and Pharoahe Monch in 2009. He was subsequently featured in the magazine's "Next 100" to blow issue that same year.
If where SmCity has been is any sign of what's in store for the MC, we can all expect explosive results from his cocktail of sex appeal and social awareness. Bringing innovative lyricism and content with depth to the mainstream is no easy task, but aiming high and breaking barriers down is his mission. In his own words: "Commanded the Invasion, The Jets Have Landed, Respect Demanded!"