The Kushed God returns with the second single from his upcoming LP, He Has Risen. The video, directed by DMF Films, features Smoke DZA spitting amongst colorful geometric patterns with loud medicine in tow. He Has Risen is due out March 4 courtesy of Surf School Recordings, and the album is exclusively produced by Harry Fraud.
Fraud and DZA are no strangers. Smoke’s second studio album, the 2012 Rugby Thompson, was also entirely produced by Harry Fraud. What unites the pair? New York roots, a love of getting fly, and a penchant for organic creativity. Fraud hails from the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and DZA represents Harlem, 119th street specifically. The pair’s ability to craft heat is evident; reflect on this 2012 gem – “New Jack.”
“Heard Dat” has a more uptempo vibe than we’re used to from Smoke DZA, along with live horns that give depth to the record. Enjoy this groovy tune, then check out the album’s first single, “Morals” featuring Snoop Dogg.
He Has Risen on available for pre-order on iTunes now.
In other recent Smoke DZA news, The Smokers Club released a Greatest Hits mix in honor of his birthday on February 8th (the Kushed God turned 32, for those wondering). The mix is accentuated with short stories from Smoke about the creative processes behind the music. Look out for the hotel room tale behind the development of “Ghosts of Dipset.” King Thelonious produced an absolute gem, DZA set the foundation, then successfully recruited Cam’ron to handle the flourish.
DZA’s heavyweight list of collaborators – Joey Bada$$, Snoop, Ab-Soul, Styles P, Curren$y to name a few – and thorough discography belie his level of recognition within the industry. Smoke is more of a cult favorite than a global sensation, but his craftsmanship and rugged commitment to being himself on wax deserves appreciation in a Hip-Hop moment where dramatic exaggeration is a popular mode.
PS: Another gem from the Smoke anthology: “Just Another Day” featuring Nipsey Hussle from the 2009 mixtape Substance Abuse.
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