When: Mon., May 21, 7 p.m. 2018
Harlem-based rapper Smoke DZA is not for sale — or so he professes on his latest record of the same name. Born Sean Pompey, Smoke DZA grew up on the sounds of fellow New Yorkers like Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G., and discovered his own clever aspirational aesthetic. “The director, a fly lecture/ The bullshit side stepper, seen it coming like ‘Nah, heffer’/ My gesture, bougie trifectas in Tribeca, yes sir/ Time to rep a, Iceberg big, you could spot him like leopard,” DZA spouts on “The Hustle,” in one of the album's many examples of his lyrical artillery flexing. Fellow Harlem rapper Bodega Bamz opens.