Uptown New York’s, Smoke DZA, is a true hustler. After spending the past ten years perfecting his craft, releasing mixtapes, and working with industry moguls like Dame Dash and Jonny Shipes, last year saw him take things completely into his own hands and go independent. It was a bold and brave move, but certainly one that paid off. After releasing his well received Dream.Zone.Achieve – a Smoke DZA reboot if you will – last year, he reached his biggest audience thus far and learned a lot along the way. He followed up towards the back end of 2014 with the release of The Outsiders, the debut project of his crew R.F.C and is about to embark on his first ever European tour next week.
Ahead of the tour we hopped on the phone to the KushedGod who was just arising as our call interrupted. In our quick catch-up we discussed a number of topics including Ralph Lauren, R.F.C’s The Outsiders, what to expect from a Smoke DZA show and what he has learned from going independent for a year…
How would you describe Smoke DZA to someone who’d never heard of you?
The best rapper in New York City. The flyest, funniest, pot-smoking, fucking slick-talking uptown motherfucker that you could run into – since I don’t know who. It’s the reason why everybody fuck with me, it’s the reason why I’m still around.
How did your crew, R.F.C, form?
Well R.F.C actually stands for Really Fucking Cool first and foremost, shoutout to the original R.F.C that ran around in the 90’s. So that’s first and foremost, shout out to them. I put that together with my friends NymLo, Al-Doe, Bluntsmoker and 183rd – those are actually people that I grew up with. I feel like they’re very talented and they stand on their own in respect for what they do, but to share a platform with me I thought that would give them a boost, so that’s really why I assembled R.F.C.
What was your connection to the original R.F.C?
Really no connection to be honest. I fuck with Thirstin Howl III, I’m a part of the Lo-Lifes so they have a history with R.F.C. It really wasn’t too far fetched when I wanted to do it. But yeah, that’s pretty much the history I have with them.