Smoke DZA and ASAP Rocky are two Harlem rappers who don’t sound like Harlem rappers. Aesthetically and philosophically, both guys are more aligned with scenes from points South. Smoke DZA is a frequent Curren$y collaborator and a big part of the Southern stoner-rap orbit. ASAP Rocky, meanwhile, is an intriguing newcomer whose viral-hit videos for “Peso” and (especially) “Purple Swag” pay tribute to screwed-up Houston sounds. So it just makes sense that they’d link up to make a song about cough syrup.
“4 Loko” might get its name from the banned liquid crack, but the lyrics actually concern various nefarious uses of codeine. And the track’s video succeeds in making Harlem look like it might be a fun place to hang out while under the influence of that stuff, no mean feat. But the real selling point for the track is the queasy crawl of a beat. Hear it, and watch the video, below.
(via Nah Right)
“4 Loko” comes from DZA’s album Rolling Stoned, out August 30 on iHipHop Distribution.