Smoke DZA

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Smoke DZA
Birth name Sean Pompey
Born (1984-02-08) February 8, 1984 (age 30)
New York, New York, United States
Origin Harlem, New York, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2002–present
Labels Cinematic Music Group, High Times Records, Jet Life Recordings, RFC Music Group
Associated acts Big K.R.I.T., Currensy, Dom Kennedy, Wiz Khalifa
Website www.smokedza.net

Sean Pompey (born February 8, 1984), better known by his stage name Smoke DZA, is an American hip hop recording artist from Harlem, New York City. Smoke DZA decided on his moniker after being influenced by Chris Tucker's character Smokey from the movie Friday and the acronym DZA stands for "Dream Zone Achieve".[1]

Biography[edit]

1984–2007: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Smoke DZA was born February 8, 1984 at Harlem Hospital in New York City and has lived in New York all his life. The son of two Guyanese immigrants, Smoke was exposed to music at home by his father and fell in love with hip hop at a young age.[2] He grew up listening to and emulating fellow New Yorkers Jay-Z and Notorious BIG.[3] After dropping out of high school to pursue his music career, DZA began battle rapping and has battled fellow Harlem MC J.R.Writer.[4] He was discovered by Jonny Shipes of Cinematic Music Group in 2002 and went on to ghostwrite for numerous rappers, including Hi-Tek.[5] In 2002 he partnered to become one half of the group Smoke & Numbers until going solo in 2008.[6]

2008–present[edit]

Since splitting from Smoke & Numbers to pursue a solo career,[6] DZA has released a string of mixtapes including Substance Abuse, Substance Abuse 1.5, George Kush The Button, Rolling Stoned, Sweet Baby Kushed God, Cuz I Felt Like It and K.O.N.Y. He has worked with Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, and ASAP Rocky among others and is a founding member of the Smokers Club.[7] His album, Rolling Stoned was awarded the High Times Doobie Award for Hip Hop album of the year for 2011.[8] DZA latest album Rugby Thompson was released in June 2012 by High Times/Cinematic Music Group. The album was produced entirely by Harry Fraud.[9] The album features numerous artists including Action Bronson, Currensy, Domo Genesis, Schoolboy Q and ASAP Twelvyy.[10]

On April 6, 2014, in the midst of WrestleMania XXX, Smoke DZA released a mixtape titled Ringside 2, the second instalment in his wrestling-inspired Ringside EP series. Production was handled his by fellow R.F.C. member 183rd, with features from Peter Rosenberg, WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston, Aston Matthews and Flatbush Zombies.[11]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Smoke cites fellow New York natives Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G. as his main influences. As an adolescent he would use their songs and write his own lyrics, helping him learn rhyming patterns."I used to re-write Biggie. It started with "Mo Money Mo Problems." I would switch up the words, make it my own.[12] He has also cited fellow Harlem rappers like Mase, Big L and Dipset as influences and inspiration.[13] Though he is often mistakenly classified as a weed rapper, Smoke considers himself a lifestyle rapper and prefers not to be confined to one genre of rap.[14] DZA's albums and mixtapes often feature many collaborative tracks. DZA says he enjoys collaborating with fellow artists like Dom Kennedy and Kendrick Lamar as he feels it helps him "step his ball game up" in terms of his craft.[15]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
R&B
US
Rap
US
Heat
Rolling Stoned 65 29
Rugby Thompson
(with Harry Fraud)
  • Released: June 19, 2012
  • Label: High Times Records, Cinematic Music Group
  • Format: CD, Digital download
45 13
Dream.ZONE.Achieve[16]
  • Released: April 1, 2014
  • Label: R.F.C. Music Group
  • Format: CD, Digital download
30 18 5
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Substance Abuse
  • Released: December 1, 2009
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Substance Abuse 1.5: The Headstash
  • Released: April 20, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
George Kush Da Button
  • Released: August 4, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
T.H.C. (The Hustlers Catalog)
  • Released: April 11, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Sweet Baby Kushed God EP
  • Released: December 24, 2011
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Cuz I Felt Like It
  • Released: April 4, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
K.O.N.Y.
  • Released: October 2, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Ringside
  • Released: April 8, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
The Stage[17]
(with Curren$y & Harry Fraud)
  • Released: October 30, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Ringside 2[18]
  • Released: April 6, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"On the Corner"[19]
(featuring Bun B and Big K.R.I.T.)
2011 Rolling Stoned
"4 Loko"[20]
(featuring ASAP Rocky)
"Pow Wow"[21]
(featuring Dom Kennedy)
"New Jack"[22] 2012 Rugby Thompson
"Butta Rice"[23]
(with Harry Fraud)
2013
"Legends In the Making (Ashtray, Pt. 2)"[24]
(featuring Wiz Khalifa and Currensy)
Dream.ZONE.Achieve
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
"No Wheaties"[25]
(Big K.R.I.T. featuring Currensy and Smoke DZA
2010 K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
"Nothing But Us"[26]
(Ski Beatz featuring Smoke DZA and Currensy)
24 Hour Karate School
"Weed"[27]
(Blaze Burna featuring Devin the Dude and Smoke DZA)
2012 Non-album single
"Twisting Facts"[28]
(Rob I.E. featuring Chevy Woods and Smoke DZA)
"When I Want'"[29]
(Mookie Jones featuring Smoke DZA)
Non-album single
"Like a Rasta[30]
(Snyp Luciano featuring Smoke DZA)
2013
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"4 Loko (Remix)"[31]
(featuring ASAP Rocky, ASAP Twelvy, Danny Brown, Killa Kyleon and Freeway)
2012 Sweet Baby Kushed God

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Dream" 2009 Shiest Bubz N/A
"No Wheaties" 2010 Big K.R.I.T., Currensy K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
"Skybourne" Currensy, Big K.R.I.T. Pilot Talk
"Purple Sowa" Shiest Bubz N/A
"Nothing But Us" Ski Beatz, Currensy 24 Hour Karate School
"Type of Cat" 2011 Fiend, Big Sant Life Behind Limo Glass
"We What's Happening" Fiend, Big K.R.I.T. Tennis Shoes And Tuxedos
"Cherry Pie" Rich Hil 500 Grams
"All In My Mind" Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda Property of Potentness EP
"Winning" Mookie Jones P.Laya A.Ss N.Igga
"Rowland" 2012 Wiz Khalifa Taylor Allderdice
"Life Instructions" Currensy Covert Coup
"J.L.R" Currensy, Young Roddy The Stoned Immaculate
"Mirrors" Currensy Cigarette Boats
"K.U.S.H." T. Mills Thrillionaire
"Power Ballad" Domo Genesis No Idols
"Perrier & RosÃ" Nakim YNWA+S
"Freaks" (Remix) Mookie Jones N/A
"Smoke Good, Live Good" THEBLKHANDS, Fenix
"Grind And Put In" H-Man
"Blue Room" Al-Doe, Chase N. Cashe
"Goodness Gracious" Willie the Kid
"dontmissthisjethoe" Corner Boy P, Young Roddy Money Neva Sleep 2
"Hypnotized" 2013 Dubb N/A
"You Ain't On It" Chase N. Cashe
"Underground Airplay"[32] Joey Badass, Big K.R.I.T. Underground Airplay
"From Da Soul" Wink Loc, Peter Tambaskis, Preme da Prez Locomotive 3
"The Price is Right" Fiend Lil Ghetto Boy
"3 The Hardway"[33] Young Roddy, Styles P Good Sense 2
"Weight" Mazzi, N.O.R.E. N/A
"Only One"[34] Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa K.R.I.T. (King Remembered In Time)
"Niggas 4 Life"[35] Funkmaster Flex Who You Mad At? Me or Yourself?
"When I Was Young"[36] Jon Connor, Chris Webby Unconscious State
"So Beautiful"[37] Jae Millz Property Of Potentness 2
"Money Team"[38] Larry Fisherman, Ab-Soul, Dash S.H.O.W.TIME
"Death Before Dishonor" SBOE, Big K.R.I.T. All We Got Is Us
"Old Chanel"[39] Wiz Khalifa N/A
"Pardon Me"[40] Vado, Currensy Slime Flu 4
"HighLife" MellowHigh, Currensy MellowHigh

Videography[edit]

Title Year Director
"Smoke-n-Dope" Ft. Curt@!ns 2010 Treezy (Visually Inklined)
"Divine Music" 2010 Sam Rogers, Kory Smith & Treezy (Visually Inklined)
"Continental Kush Breakfast" 2010 Treezy (Visually Inklined)
"Marley and Me" 2010 Coodie & Chike (Creative Control)
"The World" 2011 John Colombo
"Always Been" Ft. Mac Miller 2011 Tony Billz & Steve-Ography
"Gotta Get Paid" Ft. Big K.R.I.T. 2011 Joseph Zentil
"4 Loko" Ft. ASAP Rocky 2011 Kory Smith & Cristopher Schafer (Visually Inklined)
"Loaded" 2011 Samuel Rogers
"Christmas in the Trap" 2011 Slick Jackson
"Money Down" Ft. P-IC 2012 Slick Jackson
"New Jack" 2012 Nicolas Heller
"Hearses"
(featuring Ab-Soul)
2014 Goldrush[41]

References[edit]

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  21. ^ "Pow Wow (feat. Dom Kennedy) - Single by Smoke DZA". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  22. ^ "New Jack - Single by Smoke DZA". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Butta Rice - Single by Smoke DZA & Harry Fraud". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Legends In the Making (Ashtray, Pt. 2) [feat. Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y] - Single by Smoke DZA". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
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  26. ^ "Nothing But Us (feat. Smoke DZA & Currensy) - Single by Ski Beatz". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Weed (feat. Devin The Dude & Smoke DZA) - Single by Blaze Burna". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved November 4, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Twisting Facts (feat. Chevy Woods & Smoke DZA) - Single by Rob I.E.". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  29. ^ "When I Want (feat. Smoke DZA) - Single by Mookie Jones". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Like a Rasta (feat. Smoke DZA - Single by Snyp Luciano". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
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