D Smoke releases new album ‘Black Habits’ ft. Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, SiR & more
Inglewood rapper D Smoke stirred up a lot of buzz when he competed in (and won) the first season of Netflix’s rap competition show Rhythm + Flow. The day after the final episode aired, Smoke released a new project, Inglewood High, which he had presumably already finished before gaining the widespread attention that Rhythm + Flow afforded him. But today, he released Black Habits, his first new project with label backing (EMPIRE), big guests (Rhythm + Flow judge Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Ari Lennox, Smoke’s TDE-signed brother SiR), and hype.
It’s easy to get cynical about a guy who rose to fame because of a television show, has an already-famous sibling, and sounds a little too much like his sibling’s labelmate Kendrick Lamar (who Smoke makes at least one reference to on Black Habits), but you also kinda gotta give him credit for having enough talent to pull off convincing Kendrick impressions, rap in both English and Spanish (like he did on the show), and put together a cohesive album with obviously good production. See for yourself what you think by streaming the album and watching the video for “No Commas” below.
In other Rhythm + Flow-related news, the very memorable contestant Old Man Saxon plays SOB’s on April 3 (tickets).
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