Harlem’s Kush God started his music career as a battle rapper before signing to a label and going on to collaborate with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, and Snoop Dogg. Recently, Smoke DZA returned with his latest album A Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed, and he talks about the new music video for “Praying For My Soul,” a single off the album featuring Flipp Dinero, on this week’s episode of ‘The Dropcast.’
Hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas talk cozy work-from-home fits courtesy of Needles’ new SS20 drop (4:12). Smoke’s a tactile guy, preferring to visit stores to feel and try on clothes in person. But now that he’s in the know about the new drop, Smoke’s planning to let loose during the quarantine. The same goes for Saucony’s Grid Azura 2000, recently reworked by Bodega. Smoke is a fan of New Balance, expressing that Nike and Adidas are like the McDonald’s and Burger King of sneakers (7:00).
Supreme proves its presence once again as the streetwear giant, this time quite literally, in their recent full-page New York Times ad showing friends and family chilling at home in front of a massive box logo T-shirt (8:47). This definitely caught the attention of Smoke who’s been waiting on Supreme to release products larger than their current offerings. Don’t play with emotions and drop the XXL.
Although Smoke isn’t big on Jordans, he digs the alternative Off-White Air Jordan 5 colorway and sees their value as someone who flips sneakers once in a blue moon when the opportunity falls into his lap — as he did with the Off-White Air Force 1s (11:54). If Smoke were to collab with Nike, you’d catch him cooking up fresh colorways for Air Max 97s or Vandals (14:10).
Jian recently spoke with James Harris and Lawrence Schlossman of the ‘Throwing Fits’ podcast on the growing possibility of a post-sneaker world in the wake of Covid-19 (15:25). Smoke has been keeping his obsession on the down low, but he remains a firm proponent of the sneaker camp and doesn’t see the trend dying out.
While the world was figuratively ending, Smoke was busy shooting the video for “Praying For My Soul,” which will be released next Monday (20:06). Smoke can already be seen donning a mask, which speaks to his hope for the video to be a time capsule reminding future listeners of the Covid-19 crisis.
This episode’s Question of the Week (QOTW) asked Dropcast listeners the best quarantine pastime, with callers to the hotline sharing examples of charitable acts and getting the cast to talk the Kush God’s specialty (22:02). Smoke’s staying on top of the indoors lifestyle, having recently copped a new wireless router for gaming in “What’d You Cop?” (27:52).
Highsnobiety’s got you covered this quarantine season with new podcast episodes released regularly. Check out this week’s ‘Vibe Check’ episodes which features upcycling designer Nicole McLaughlin and skater-model-photographer Evan Mock, and tune in for new episodes released every Tuesday and Thursday. As usual, be on the lookout for the next Dropcast QOTW which will be posted on Highsnobiety’s Instagram, and make sure to leave a voicemail on the hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) for a chance to be featured in a future episode.