Born and raised in Oakland, California, the talented Ninosonino, also known as El Niño, has been creating waves in the music industry since 2016. But, did you know his journey to fame started even earlier when he formed a rap group with his friends called SMF during their childhood? Ninosonino's style and photographs caught the attention of social media users in 2013, quickly leading to recognition from several big names in fashion and music such as Ian Connor, Skepta, ASAP Bari, Playboi Carti, and Pouya. His modeling career took off in 2014 when he was featured in Urban Outfitters and GQ magazine in 2016.
Despite his modeling success, Ninosonino's true passion has always been music. In 2016, he released his debut single "Need It" featuring Sam Flora under his stage name, El Niño. His name is a reference to the tropical storm that often affects California's climate, and his music is as impactful as the storm itself. Ninosonino's versatility as a rapper is showcased on his EP El Niño vs The World, released in 2017, and his critically acclaimed first album, STORM, released in 2018. These projects solidified his position as one of the most promising young rappers in the industry. His talent carries through to his most recent release, "Damn Shaw Pt 2", released on April 21, 2022. Ninosonino combines aggressive lyric delivery with hard 808s and a drum-driven beat to create a unique sound for his fans, while leaving room for them to crave more. And that's exactly what is happening.
Ninosonino's journey from a local rapper to a social media influencer, model, and entrepreneur is a testament to his hard work, dedication, and talent. He continues to push the boundaries of what is possible in hip-hop with each release. We can't wait to see what he has in store for us in the future. El Niño is truly a force to be reckoned with.
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