Benny The Butcher And Smoke DZA Are Winning & It’s Not Because Of Luck
Smoke DZA is an MC who thrives on collaborative chemistry. The Harlem, New Yorker who came in the game as one-half of Smoke & Numbers has made some of his best work while vibing with peers. For example, he has done multiple cuts with A$AP Twelvyy, Action Bronson, and Curren$y, just to name a few. Catalog highlights include his 2016 LP with Pete Rock, Don’t Smoke Rock, and 2012’s Rugby Thompson with producer Harry Fraud.
Benny The Butcher is riding on a high after all the accolades that have been heaped upon last year’s Tana Talk 3, but that hasn’t slowed down his grind. It may only be March, but Best Ever ’N New York has steadily been pumping out guest verses and songs since New Year’s. Further, the RTC and Griselda posses have done a bunch of songs with each other over the past three years. So, this cut was basically due.
In 2016 The Kushed God jumped on Westside Gunn’s Hitler Wears Hermes IV on a track called “Mr. Fuji.” Gunn and brother Conway featured on DZA’s “The Club” off 2017’s Ringside V in return. The same year Rugby Thompson dropped the Cuz I Felt Like It Again mixtape and had WSG on “Full Tank In The Bronco.” And last year Smoke and Benny put out their first joint, “Dibiase Decisions,” off Ringside 6. Then, just last week Westside Gunn dropped his “Finn Balor” remix featuring Dream.Zone.Achieve. He even toured with the Buffalo bullies for a leg of their Griselda On Steroids Tour in 2017.
So it’s no surprise that these two lyricists have good chemistry on their latest, “Luck Of Draw.” The single is off DZA’s recently-released Prime Location Vol. 1, a 3-song EP that is fully produced by CThaSound. Each MC spits a hard verse over a filthy guitar lick, and Smoke flips a hook for the hustlers.
The video is filmed in a posh crib in Beverly Hills, California. Smoke, The Butcher, Westside Gunn, and their entourage sit down to a fat take out order from Mastro’s and then smoke blunts and shoot some pool. This fits perfectly as the rapper born Sean Pompey mentions the steakhouse in his best bars on “Luck Of Draw.” “It get dark when them packs low / Bills due with higher stakes than Mastro’s / Facts though / Straight-forward sh*t, no back do’ / I am who I am when the apps close.” Social media gangsters beware.
Griselda’s resident pot and stove specialist brings his usual heat when he asserts, “I made choices I can live wit’ / We been through it all, so how this new paper poisoning my friendships? / But If I gotta make a point, then I’ma risk it / You wake up with the joint pointed at your biscuit.” It is hard to deny the talent.
Photography by @Calligrafist provided by Cinematic Music Group.