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Is A Rap American Idol Even Possible?

Twelve years ago, someone from MTV called me and asked me to come into their office. I went. I met Ashton Kutcher in the lobby.
Tom Breihan | October 16, 2019 - 2:27 pm

Status Ain't Hood

Listening To Kodak Black Is A Complicated Thing

Last year, I wrote a column about how Kodak Black was everything great about rap music. Kodak was 18, his star was rising, and he'd…
Tom Breihan | April 5, 2017 - 11:03 am

Status Ain't Hood

“Juju On That Beat” And The Towering Legacy Of “Knuck If You Buck”

It showed up in the lower reaches of the Billboard top 10 last week: A giddy new dance-craze record, one made by a couple of…
Tom Breihan | November 16, 2016 - 11:52 am

More Smoke DZA stories

Stream Smoke DZA & Benny The Butcher’s Pete Rock-Produced Statue Of Limitations EP

Pete Rock has been making music since the late '80s, and he's one of the greatest rap producers of all time. Together with his rapping…
Tom Breihan | October 21, 2019 - 11:05 am

Status Ain't Hood

Listening To Kodak Black Is A Complicated Thing

Last year, I wrote a column about how Kodak Black was everything great about rap music. Kodak was 18, his star was rising, and he'd…
Tom Breihan | April 5, 2017 - 11:03 am

Smoke DZA – “The Club” (Feat. Westside Gunn & Conway)

AJ Styles, probably the best pro wrestler in the world today, had a big night last night. First, he defeated Smackdown Live commissioner Shane McMahon…
Tom Breihan | April 3, 2017 - 11:37 am

Smoke DZA – “Outside My Mind” (Prod. Flying Lotus)

New York rap stoner Smoke DZA has never been an especially experimental type. He's a terse formalist, sounding hard even when he's talking about smoking…
Tom Breihan | April 19, 2016 - 3:23 pm

Smoke DZA – “Morals” (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

I tend to get kind of nervous whenever rappers use a biblical reference to title their works because they rarely live up to the lofty…
Collin Robinson | February 5, 2016 - 2:52 pm

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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Tom Breihan | October 3, 2012 - 3:56 pm

Straight To Video

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,…
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…
Tom Breihan | September 13, 2012 - 3:10 pm
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