Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T., and Smoke DZA come together with producer Girl Talk to give us a very musical new album for fans. With 3 different MCs, it was a lot of unique sounds coming together. I think all three did fairly okay on the mic with the bars. There’s nothing really earth-shattering on here as far as lyrics go. The beats were definitely upbeat and had a lot more instrumentation in them. If you’re looking for boom bap beats, this was definitely not the project for you. All in all they put together an interesting and pretty decent project here with this one.
Smoke DZA releases a brand new project which looked awesome on paper. He has features from a lot of the greats including Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Jadakiss, Currensy, Wiz Khalifa, and more. On the mic, I really don’t think Smoke DZA is anything real special. His voice is slightly irritating, but somehow he still has some bars in there somewhere. His flow is halfway decent. Nevertheless, he knows how to put a project together apparently. The production piece of this project is what really shines. A lot of the beats are really good. The highlights include “Tradition” featuring Cam’ron and Jim Jones, “143,” “Union Dues” featuring Berner & Nym Lo, and “The Last Term” featuring Eddie Cole. All of these have dope beats and soulful samples that really bring out the feeling to the songs. All in all, it was a pleasant surprise to hear this project since I was a little leery of it in the first place. It’s definitely worth a listen.
Smoke DZA and Currensy team up for a relatively dope project. The best way to describe this one is that it is something to bob your head to. There is definitely a vibe on here. As far as lyrically, I don’t think you are going to be getting any top tier rhyming on here, but at the same time, that is not what it is about. They both pretty much ride the vibe and provide a smooth vocal tone over the beats. The production side of things is pretty much the same thing. You will get standard beats to bop to. There’s no frills or extra filler on here. If you need something to smoke and ride to, this will probably be your project. It’s at least worth checking out.
An unlikely pairing of Smoke DZA and Benny the Butcher somehow has come to light and it is pretty slamming. They join forces with Pete Rock to make a very quick and very dope EP. At only 6 songs, there’s not a lot of time to get the point across, but they definitely get the job done. The bars are definitely very strong. A lot of times when MCs team up, they feed off each other’s energies and try to outdo the other and that is exactly what happened on this one. Benny has really slick drug bars while Smoke DZA complements him with his own dope flow. He actually sounded better than I remember him sounding on previous releases. With the legendary Pete Rock on the boards, you can’t go wrong. There are some real bangers on here so y’all should really enjoy this one.
This project was a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand you have Smoke DZA who is not very good lyrically and on the other hand you have one of the best producers ever with Pete Rock. So add these two together and you get an average project. The standout thing to me about this project is clearly the production. Pete Rock made some slamming beats for this album. It’s just a shame that Smoke DZA wasn’t able to rhyme better over them. There are some decent features on here as well which fills in some of the gaps that Smoke DZA leaves but it doesn’t completely make up for his faults. Although it is painful to listen to Smoke, I’d say that you have to give this one a chance though just to hear the genius of Pete Rock on production.