Outfitted with a lazy piano pattern redolent of the gritty 90s sonics, where political talk and sociopolitical movements were heavily ingrained into the lyrics, Smoke DZA and Pete Rock create a lengthy track with a soul suffused hook. The pair released this track as a part of the longer full length project titled Don’t Smoke Rock, a clear play on the pair’s names, due December 2nd.
Complex recently wrote about the culmination of the collaboration, and had the following quote from Pete Rock concerning he and DZA’s musical relationship, and how the two’s minds intertwine:
“I’m all for working with the younger generation,” Pete Rock said of their musical union. “Smoke is a younger cat with an old soul, he made me realize that with the beats he picked. [Beats] I thought would go over his head, instead, he would get into some of that soulful stuff. I make beats. Whether you’re young or of age or whatever. As long as you’re dope, you got me.”
The influence of the old school is very transparent with the work DZA has released over the years, with Rolling Papers and Dream.Zone.Achieve having tints of retro hip-hop coloring the projects. BJ The Chicago Kid does an outstanding rendition of the soul hook that’s so prevalent in instrumentals like these, and Jadakiss and Styles P doing their jobs and furthering the very clear direction of the music.
You can listen to “Milestone” here, and look out for Don’t Smoke Rock very soon.
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