Despite having been around for a minute, Smoke DZA’s name isn’t one that those outside of hip-hop circles are familiar with.
Having introduced so many young talents to the scene – fellow Harlem native A$AP Rocky appeared pre-‘Live.Love.A$AP’ on DZA’s ‘4 Loko’, and Joey Bada$$ appeared early in his career on ‘K.O.N.Y’ – it’s about time that the New Yorker is paid his dues. With a freshly released record ‘Dream.ZONE.Achieve’ now doing the rounds, it seems like DZA is getting the best response of his career thus far.
Having been in and out of various label situations, ‘Dream.ZONE.Achieve’ is Smoke DZA’s first album released under his own independent label, R.F.C. Music Group. “I hold that at a special place, and I think the people actually notice that too, so the push is way different,” he says of the response to the release.
“I’m really holding the steering wheel,” he continues, “so that’s always a great thing. It’s way more hands on, and there’s way more stuff that actually comes to you. It’s a very cool, unique situation, being around for so long and this actually being my first time doing it. I’m still a brand-new artist because I haven’t broken in a lot of markets, so it’s actually great to be indie right now.”