John Lee Smith didn’t set out to be the King of the Kuntry, he is just living his
childhood dream of making music for country people like himself. Nicknamed SMO
by his childhood buddies, he grew up to be the first ever country rap artist signed to
a major record label. SMO’s love for a variety of music began at an early age,
influenced by his favorites like Jerry Reed and Johnny Cash to the Beastie Boys and
Vanilla Ice. At a young age, SMO wrote poetry and played in the band. With his
buddy DJ Orig, Big Smo blended country rhymes to urban beats. Country rap was
born. Together, they wrote and produced over five albums in the Kuntry Kitchen on
SMO’s farm before signing with Warner Nashville. But music isn’t his only passion.
After years of filming his own music videos and YouTube series, television producers
met SMO and knew instantly he was made for the camera. SMO starred in and
produced two seasons of the hit reality television show Big Smo on A&E. These days,
SMO spends most of his time on the road touring and performing old favorites as
well as new tracks from his tenth studio album This One’s for You. From rapper to
TV star, SMO can now add author to his professional portfolio. Check out his new autobiography , The Book Of Smo.