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With a recent string of critically-acclaimed releases and sold-out national tours, Harlem emcee Smoke DZA has come a long way from cyphers in the streets of his childhood stomping grounds. With an irresitible laid-back flow and penchant for Mary Jane-laced wordplay, the Polo-obsessed rhyme spitter has become an international ambassador for Harlem style; the cool kid's cool kid. Having collaborated with a who's who of young hip-hop stars (Asher Roth, A$AP Rocky, Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy, and more), DZA is firmly establishing himself as a leader of the next generation of rap icons.
The rapper also known as the "Kushed God" is now joining forces with High Times and Cinematic Music Group for Rugby Thompson, a brand new album produced entirely by rising hitmaker Harry Fraud. DZA recruited a number of A-list guests for the album, including Action Bronson, Curren$y, Sean Price, Schoolboy Q, Domo Genesis, and more. "I happen to have great friends in the rap game," he explains. "There's no egos, just friends who like to hang out, crack jokes, and bring out the best in each other. It'll be a treat for the fans who love the music we all put out individually." With Rugby Thompson now ready for the world to hear, DZA is justifiably excited. "The end result is incredible," he says. "This has got to be my best work yet."