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Monte Booker Smino Recording Session


Artist: Smino
Producer: Monte Booker
Recording Engineer: Nick Breton
Guests: Cam O’bi, Elton “L10” Chung


I can’t thank these guys enough for their patience today. I had a trainwreck schedule as I planned to have Jakob Owens shoot the new studio tour video and three live performance videos. The artists all ran late for the live performance videos and caused us to start 2 hours late. Fortunately, the NBA finals game was on so the guys had entertainment while they waited.

I got the guys started at 9p, Monte started playing beats and tracks off his laptop to get the vibe started. Cam played a few songs we’ve been working on from his album and we all went over to Erewhon for dinner. Cam took off after dinner and Monte started making a beat.

Can’t help but feel very lucky to have the experience of watching Monte Booker make a beat from scratch. He’s a fucking mad scientist and his flow is amazing. The sounds he creates and the way it all fits together is very special. Smino blew his voice out at a Youtube show earlier that afternoon so he ended up sleeping on the couch for a few hours. When he woke up to the beat Monte was making he started writing and we ended up recording a hook and verse. He knocked those parts down with a bunch of harmonies in a matter of minutes. These guys are hands down one of my favorite duos making music right now and I’m really thankful tonight worked out!


A music producer from Chicago most known for being part of Solection and producing for Smino .


A rapper, singer, song-writer from St. Louis living in Chicago. Debut album BlkSwn released with much success in 2017.


Neuman U87 (1971)
Dangerous BAX EQ
Empirical Labs DerrEsser
Purple MC77
Universal Audio Teletronix LA2A
Lynx Aurora 16
Burl B2
Grace Design m905
Pro Tools HD 12
SMC50 | ATC Loudspeakers
Adam S3X-H
Adam Sub-12


Truth Studios is a boutique recording studio located in the Fairfax district of Hollywood, California. The studio started in the bedroom of studio owner Nick Breton’s apartment making music with local Los Angeles buzzing artists. We have since grown into a beautiful loft where the studio currently operates. Truth offers studio rental, recording, mixing and mastering services to independent and major label clients from every corner of the globe.

Truth Studios is affiliated with acts such as Chance The Rapper, James BlakeVic MensaJoey Bada$$, Boi 1da, Macy Gray, Mr HudsonWalk The MoonMartin GarrixDom Kennedy, Asher Roth, Chuck Inglish, Alina Baraz, Anatii, Smino and hundreds of other artists. This studio has become a landmark icon in Los Angeles and the music community worldwide.


Monte Booker Smino Recording Session at Truth Studios with Engineer Nick Breton. Monte Booker Smino Recording Session at Truth Studios.