For many years I only knew of Smoke DZA thanks to his many appearances on Curren$y’s numerous tapes but over the past few years he’s really been making a name of his own thanks to solid project after solid project. Not For Sale is just the latest in line of those solid projects and it’s classic hip-hop throughout. You won’t find any trends or gimmicks here, just a concern for bars and lyricism and solid production. It’s really an ode to late ’90s/early ’00s hip-hop, as a lot of it’s production samples heavily from that era and he himself pays homage through lyrical references on a number of occasions. This direction definitely won’t open him up to a new audience outside of his already core fans or hip-hop purists but Not For Sale is still yet another solid addition to an impressive and growing discography.
“Niggas dying to be important
Souls get bought quite often
No integrity, what you talking?
All things, offsprings get lost in
The systems of these streets we involved in
Either you crack slinging or balling
The American dream to get rich and the whole hood all in”
Have you heard Not For Sale? What’d you think about it? Do you think it’s time we looked at Smoke DZA as a more serious contender in hip-hop? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.
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