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Album Review: Smoke DZA – "Rolling Stoned"

div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”a href=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mS8SfJho6x4/TnShpQxaSNI/AAAAAAAAE60/P3lMf85wxME/s1600/Rolling+Stoned.jpg” imageanchor=”1″ style=”clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;”img border=”0″ height=”200″ rba=”true” src=”http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mS8SfJho6x4/TnShpQxaSNI/AAAAAAAAE60/P3lMf85wxME/s200/Rolling+Stoned.jpg” width=”200″ //a/divstrongBy Hardcore Critic/strongbr /strongHip Hop Vibe Staff Writer/strongbr /br /In a recent interview, Smoke DZA said New York hip hop had to change if there was any hope in returning to former glory. Over the past few years, Smoke DZA has been one of the biggest underground names in New York hip hop. He credits his success to his willingness to branch out.br /br /On his latest album, emRolling Stoned/em, Smoke DZA does just that, as he worked with a number of artists. The album features appearances from newcomers Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Bun B, and Curren$y. DZA feels it is important to work with people from different hip hop backgrounds. Unlike other New York rappers, he feels his music is more well-rounded.br /br /The year of 2011 has been prominent for “weed rappers” and Smoke DZA is the latest one. Following an influx of music from Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y, it seems as if Smoke DZA is working overtime to fit into the same mold. Speaking of Curren$y, he and Smoke come together for “Personal Party.” The song is a “weed rap” fan’s dream. While the album is a solid release, the frequent references to getting high leaves so much more to the imagination of the fans. Smoke DZA discusses his activities, but does not let the people in.br /br /Overall, Smoke DZA provides a unique mix of the typical Harlem swagger, along with the culture of other hip hop regions. But, his over-extention in sounding well-rounded and his frequent weed references are his downfall on the album. emRolling Stoned/em is a solid release, but is more run-of-the-mill, as opposed to some of the standout albums of the year.br /br /strongHip Hop Vibe’s Rating: 5/10/strongdiv class=”blogger-post-footer”div class=”separator” style=”clear: both; text-align: center;”
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