Pete Rock & Smoke DZA Look To Create Milestones With Jadakiss & Styles P (Audio)
On December 2, Pete Rock and Smoke DZA will release Don’t Smoke Rock, a collaborative project that’s been in the works for some time. The relationship began in 2014, when the legendary producer contributed to the Harlem rapper’s Dream.ZONE.Achieve and two years later, Heads are being treated to an entire LP of collabs from the duo. In addition, the album features Big K.R.I.T., Cam’ron, Dave East, Rick Ross, Royce 5’9″, Mac Miller, and others. But fans of classic, grimy New York Rap may be most excited for the collaboration featured on today’s (November 10) release: Jadakiss and Styles P.
“Milestone” also features BJ the Chicago Kid and its inclusion of the LOX members lends some weight to the song’s title. Pete Rock has worked with Styles and Kiss before, notably on the former’s “Gangster, Gangster,” a 2007 Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) track that features Sheek Louch, making it a true Lox record. However, this is the first studio offering from Smoke DZA to feature the Yonkers icons (minus Sheek), and with Pete repping Mount Vernon, the track truly is a New York affair. Featuring the soulful Chicago stylings of BJ, “Milestone” is a celebration of accomplishment, both lofty and practical.
Of their newly forged partnership and its intergenerational slant Pete tells Complex “I’m all for working with the younger generation. Smoke is a younger cat with an old soul, he made me realize that with the beats he picked. [Beats] I thought would go over his head, instead, he would get into some of that soulful stuff. I make beats. Whether you’re young or of age or whatever. As long as you’re dope, you got me.” Don’t Smoke Rock is available for pre-order.