Rodney Mynatt and Tommy Sheridan, better known as Mooke & Chemist of Smoke Screen, have been consistently performing and releasing music for over a decade.
Chemist and Mooke, the two MCs that make up Smoke Screen have influences in disparate realms of music – alternative, Top 40, underground etc… but when the two Cleveland MCs combine, they have an explosive and party-starting chemistry that’s rocked audiences all over the genre barrier.
Smoke Screen has done countless shows throughout the East Coast and Midwest promoting their releases. They have shared the stage with the likes of Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Girl Talk, Redman, Danny Brown, Das Racist, People Under The Stairs, Wale, Big Sean, Rjd2, The Polish Ambasador, Two Fresh, Mr. Lif, Evidence, Brother Ali, Clipse, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, and many more.
Since 2007, the duo has released 2 EPs, 2 mixtapes and 3 full-length projects starting that year with the debut full length album Self Educated Learning Process. 2010′s greatly-received ‘Imagination Beyond Illustration’ LP was followed by the adventurous remix project ‘Re:Imagined’ the next year.
After a Spring 2011 East Coast Tour, performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the legendary Cleveland Public Hall and rocking the stage at The House of Blues in Cleveland, 2012 saw the release of the Ice Cold Water EP along with two official music videos for the title track and Smoke & Lasers, both shot and produced by Turnstyle Films. They received nominations for Best Group and Album Of The Year for Ice Cold Water at The Ohio Hip Hop Awards and grabbed the attention of The Needle Drop, Dead End Hip Hop and various other outlets.
As for 2013, it was a particularly busy year for the duo. The collaborative Turquoise EP with Urbindex was released, the group did guest features on singles for Swarthy Soul, Crucial Taunt and more, performed shows with Danny Brown, Redman and Two Fresh, performed at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park at E.S.T. Fest and Summerdance ’13, dropped the heavyweight collab LP Smoke Noises with Ghost Noises as (Smoke Noises), and performed at Ingenuity Fest for the third consecutive year just to name a few things.
The single ‘Barry Blanco’ produced by The Kickdrums was released in 2014 as was the Smoke Noises Make It To A Dollar EP. They made appearances at Nelson’s Ledges, Weapons Of Mass Creation Fest, New York Fashion Week with RVAH and many other events.
Return To The Sun, the third full length album was released Summer 2017. After the album’s release show at The Grog Shop they’ve been on the main stage at Brite Winter ’18, Live From Cleveland on WCSB, Heights Hop Fest and Larchmere Porchfest among many other appearances. The stand alone singles “Honolulu” and “Miata” were released in the summer of 2018.
2020 saw the return of Smoke Screen on the Brite Winter main stage and this year marks 15 years as a group, culminating with a 15 Year Anniversary show 4/15/22 at The Grog Shop.