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EDITORS’ NOTES

Based on his name, album artwork, and the titles of previous releases (Substance Abuse, George Kush—Da Button, and T.H.C. (The Hustlers Catalog)), you might think that Smoke DZA is just a one-trick pony. In reality, he's a formidable MC with more diverse subject matter than you might expect, plus a truly unique voice and a great ear for beats. Representing for Harlem, he's got a weird, semi-raspy flow and a knack for vivid storytelling, whether painting pictures of his Uptown surroundings, professing his dedication to real hip-hop, or big-upping Polo gear. Solid guest verses come from Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, Fiend, ASAP Rocky, and Kendrick Lamar, while key tracks include "Loudest Batch," "Ball Game," "Pow Wow," and "Overhigh." Surprisingly deep and loaded with extraordinary production (from 183rd and V.Don, among others), this is one of 2011’s finest.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Based on his name, album artwork, and the titles of previous releases (Substance Abuse, George Kush—Da Button, and T.H.C. (The Hustlers Catalog)), you might think that Smoke DZA is just a one-trick pony. In reality, he's a formidable MC with more diverse subject matter than you might expect, plus a truly unique voice and a great ear for beats. Representing for Harlem, he's got a weird, semi-raspy flow and a knack for vivid storytelling, whether painting pictures of his Uptown surroundings, professing his dedication to real hip-hop, or big-upping Polo gear. Solid guest verses come from Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, Fiend, ASAP Rocky, and Kendrick Lamar, while key tracks include "Loudest Batch," "Ball Game," "Pow Wow," and "Overhigh." Surprisingly deep and loaded with extraordinary production (from 183rd and V.Don, among others), this is one of 2011’s finest.

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About Smoke DZA

Brought to the public's attention through a series of raw, kush-loving mixtapes, Harlem rapper Smoke DZA got his start in Smoke & Numbers, a locally popular duo formed with a rapper named Numbers. DZA -- as in "Dream Zone Achieved" -- signed a deal in 2002 and joined Big K.R.I.T. behind the scenes at Cinematic Music Group, but when twin daughters were brought into his life in 2007, he adopted a "now or never" attitude when it came to his solo career. A slew of mixtapes with weed lingo names like Sweet Baby Kushed God and Substance Abuse followed, then in 2011, DZA's mixtape Rolling Stoned won High Times Magazine's Doobie Award for 2011's hip-hop album of the year. A year later, the magazine signed the rapper to its High Times label and released Rugby Thompson, an album produced in total by Harry Fraud. Rugby included appearances by Action Bronson, Curren$y, Domo Genesis, and ScHoolboy Q. His third LP, Dream.Zone.Achieve, was released in 2014. In 2016, DZA issued a pair of LPs. He Has Risen arrived early in the year and featured an appearance by Snoop Dogg. Months later, he released Don't Smoke Rock, a collaborative effort with Pete Rock. The album included the single "Milestone," which featured BJ the Chicago Kid, Jadakiss, and Styles P. ~ David Jeffries & Neil Z. Yeung

  • ORIGIN
    Harlem, New York, NY
  • BORN
    Feb 8, 1984

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