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Download Curren$y & Smoke DZA The Stage EP

For whatever reason, the days surrounding Halloween are always big ones for mixtape releases, and here’s one that won’t take up your entire Halloween. Curren$y of New Orleans and Smoke DZA of Harlem are two guys who have toured and recorded together extensively, and now they’ve joined forces on a new EP called The Stage. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 31, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Harry Fraud – “Loopy” (Feat. Chinx Drugz & Smoke DZA) Video (Stereogum Premiere)

A couple of months ago, the great New York psychedelic rap producer Harry Fraud released his collab-heavy High Tide EP for free online via Scion AV. The precise and blippy “Loopy” had verses from Harlem deadeye Smoke DZA and French Montana’s secret weapon Chinx Drugz. But neither rapper shows up in the video. Nor doe… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 23, 2013 - 1:56 pm

SXSW 2013 Thursday: Solange, Pissed Jeans, Savages, More

Our SXSW 2013 coverage continues below, with Rhye, Autre Ne Veut, Savages, Pissed Jeans, Solange, Parquet Courts, and so many other bands you may or may not care about. Only one way to know for sure! And if you’re in Austin today, don’t forget to swing by our Range Life party at the Hype Hotel,… More »

By: Stereogum / March 15, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Joey Bada$$ – “Underground Airplay” Video (Feat. Smoke DZA And Big K.R.I.T.)

Teenage backpack-rap revivalist hasn’t slowed down one second since bubbling up to national attention about a year ago, and now he’s got a new single called “Underground Airplay” that pairs him up with fellow underground rap journeymen Smoke DZA and Big K.R.I.T. It’s a particular treat to hear K.R.I.T.’s Mississippi drawl over a stark New… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 7, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Smoke DZA – “Gotham Fucking City” Video (Feat. Joey Bada$$)

On last year’s K.O.N.Y. mixtape, the well-connected Harlem rapper Smoke DZA linked with the young Brooklyn boom-bap fundamentalist Joey Bada$$ to go all dead-eyed over a mournful old J Dilla beat. And in director A.V. Rockwell’s new video for the song, we see an inky black-and-white image of the city both guys call home. Nothing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 24, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Download Smoke DZA K.O.N.Y. Mixtape

Earlier this year, the Harlem rapper Smoke DZA released Rugby Thompson, a strong album produced entirely by the great ascendant beatmaker Harry Fraud. And now DZA’s back with another full-length, with a bunch of producers involved, and this one is yours for free. It’s called K.O.N.Y. — an acronym, I believe, for King Of New… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2012 - 3:56 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

We didn’t get to see too many mind-boggling short-form videos this week, but we did get one long one in which one of our greatest, most ambitious indie bands takes its packed-to-bursting, unapologetically pretentious musical maximalism to the screen, staying bizarre and compelling throughout. That alone makes it a pretty good week. Check for our… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 14, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Smoke DZA – “Kenny Powers” Video

In some weird stoner-rap confluence, today the internet gets two Creative Control-directed videos of rap songs produced by beatmaker-of-the-moment Harry Fraud. There’s the video for Curren$y’s “Leaving The Dock,” a track from his Harry Fraud-produced Cigarette Boats EP, which is pretty if standard low-budget luxury-rap stuff. And then there’s the awesomely cartoonish clip for Smoke… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 13, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Smoke DZA – “Ashtray” (Feat. Domo Genesis, Schoolboy Q)

Harlem’s Smoke DZA will drop Rugby Thompson later this summer, a record that will be produced entirely by Harry Fraud and from which we’ve already heard the wrestler-referencing lead single “New Jack.” Now, here’s another cut from that release featuring like-minded rappers from a pair of distinctly different L.A. crews, Odd Future’s Domo Genesis and… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 30, 2012 - 3:28 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

You’ll all be proud to learn that I managed — just barely — to restrain myself from naming the rap video that stars the terrifying decrepit pro-wrestling quasi-legend as this week’s #1 video. This took an incredible amount of self-control, and I’m still second-guessing myself about it. Just know that, if you’re making a video,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 18, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Smoke DZA – “New Jack” Video

The Harlem rapper has recruited beatmaker-of-the-moment Harry Fraud to produce his entire new album Rugby Thompson, and on first single “New Jack,” Fraud samples a bunch of old rants from the legendarily violent, balcony-diving ECW wrestler who gave the song its name. In the brand new video, New Jack himself shows up, stapling a dollar… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 14, 2012 - 12:04 pm

Smoke DZA – “4 Loko” (Feat. ASAP Rocky) Video

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 23, 2011 - 4:22 pm