We know you guys are fast movers, but music moves faster. To help you keep up, we’re condensing some reviews into 100-word recaps of highs and lows so you can stay in the loop. For the first entry, we present Smoke DZA’s Rugby Thompson.
Not since George Kush: Da Button has Jet Lifer Smoke DZA sounded so “riiiight.” On his new LP, Rugby Thompson, the Harlem MC finds his lyrical footing spitting about more than buds and broads over Harry Fraud’s production. Distant 808s and airy beats make tracks like “Ash Tray” and “New Jack” instantly likeable. Although there are guest spots from Curren$y and Schoolboy Q, this is a DZA record—and it sounds like it. While redundant and lethargic at times, Smoke crafted an album begging to be played at 11 in the whip with your choice of bud and/or broad.
Standout Songs: “New Jack,” “Ashtray (Feat. Domo Genesis & Schoolboy Q)” and “Kenny Powers”
One To Skip: “Rivermonts”