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Smoke DZA released a song today called "Black Independence." For DZA, "Black Independence" is more than just a song, however. It is a doctrine to live by. "This year is my year to be completely independent, through and through," he tweeted. "To take ownership of my creations and destiny."
He talks about this spirit of independence on the song. Over the lush horns from producer 183rd, DZA says, "Them wack deals ain't designed for no niggas winning." For him, the goal is to remain independent and "On my Percy Miller shit/I'ma persevere." Joining him on the song is the poet J. Ivy, who once appeared on a song with Kanye West and Jay Z. J. Ivy delivers an interlude on the song, dropping words of wisdom about the past and about his dreams for the future.
"Black Independence" appears on DZA's upcoming album, Dream.ZONE.Achieve, which will be coming out April 1.
When I read or hear opinions of why or where I’m currently at in my life & career, I’m going to feel a way.— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) January 16, 2014
When I get endless feature requests to hop on another marijuana record as if I’m only a “weed rapper”, I’m going to a feel a way.— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) January 16, 2014
It’s only right, that I do. And it’s only right I give it all back to you in my music, so that YOU can feel some type of way too.— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) January 16, 2014
This year is my year to be completely independent, through and through. To take ownership of my creations and destiny.— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) January 16, 2014
That good ol American Dream. Complete Independence. Total Freedom from whatever you may be experiencing in life.— Smoke DZA (@smokedza) January 16, 2014
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