EXCLUSIVE: Harlem Emcee Smoke DZA Defends Desiigner Sounding Like Future

(AllHipHop News) Brooklyn native Sidney “Desiigner” Selby III has become one of the most talked about new rappers of 2016. Desiigner has gained a lot of attention in recent weeks for his single “Panda,” for signing to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, and for sounding similar to Future.

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While Future has expressed he is not too thrilled with the idea of having imitators and some fans take issue with a New York rapper sounding like he is from the south, Desiigner has received support from fellow NYC representative Smoke DZA. In an exclusive interview with, DZA explained why he does not have a problem with Desiigner drawing inspiration from Future.

“Desiigner is 18 years old, so I’m not upset at him sounding like Future, because that was his influence. He came up in the era of Future, so that’s not something he’s just trying to do because Future is hot,” said DZA. “I think he’s adopting his surroundings. He’s 18. He was probably f*cking with it before there was this Future mania. I can’t be mad at him for that.”

The Harlem emcee is set to release his next album, He Has Risen, on March 4. The project features beats created entirely by Brooklyn producer Harry Fraud. DZA also dropped a NYC themed video for “Heard Dat.” The RFC Music Group affiliate discussed how some of the 1990’s era emcees from his city provided a musical road map for his own career.

“For me, I came up on Biggie, Jay, Ma$e, and Cam. I’m 32. I was raised in the 90’s. I ran the streets in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, so I know what it felt like pre-Internet,” added DZA. “So that’s what I’m trying to tap into. I’m not trying to be nostalgic or bring back what these guys already did.”

He continued, “I’m just trying to take it into 2017 and pick up where they left off. I’m not dck riding them either. Everybody has their own way of going about sht. I just have a different way of showing my love to the Golden Era of New York music.”

Read Smoke DZA’s full AHH interview HERE.

[ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Smoke DZA Talks ‘He Has Risen’ Joint Album With Harry Fraud, NYC Hip Hop & Expanding His Film Career]

Pre-order Smoke DZA’s He Has Risen produced by Harry Fraud on iTunes. Watch the video for Smoke DZA’s “Heard Dat” below.

  • Slaughtr

    The Hip Hop I’m from you get fckd up biting in any form including sounding like another nigga. There was a difference between shyne and Biggie I know the difference. Be original rappers not Emcees you have to earn your mics.I haven’t seen to many 3 mic niggaz in this era at all…up your hip hop and down the hip flop.

    • DJ7

      🤔This is true…unless…you came in the game in the 90’s!

      😤I know, it’s def a hard pill to swallow b.u.t. plenty of 90’s mcs / rappers were “borrowing” from the greats before them.

      There are plenty of stories / interviews (with 90’s artist) out there on the web speaking on this very subject💯

      There is / was a reason few to no top mc / rapper from the 90’s spoke up when Meek broke open ghostwriter-gate…

      • In Black America Radio

        “There is / was a reason few to no top mc / rapper from the 90’s spoke up when Meek broke open ghostwriter-gate…”


    • Papi Peligro

      Shyne was signed to biggie. Was a part of Jr mafia so it was cool. He wrote lil Kim’s songs we all knew it.nobody said they was the greatest rappers of all time.

  • Sure. Everybody “ran the streets”

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  • ursocalledgod

    cosigning another nigga biting? NY wtf happened to yall niggaz? yall need to reach back and slap the shyt out of these young niggaz from yall city. they KEEP yall falling the fuc off. damn shame from the birthplace of hip hop….

    • The City

      How can we ever fall off bytch when you got the world tryna come up with a hot 16 dummy. We gave you a style that you could run with, you little dumb motherfvckaz.

      • ursocalledgod

        Lmao awwww it’s so nice to fantasize ain’t it? Y’all fell off when Trinidad James came through and told y’all y’all ain’t shyt IN YOUR OWN CITY and said the south run y’all. Then left without a scratch. Niggaz would of NEVER attempted that shyt when y’all boys had the game on lock. You Corny azz byotch nigga you!

  • $.M.M.-BX

    All the rules or code have been slowly deteriorating ever since corporate radio decided to stop breaking new local hip hop artist.

  • big brain

    Future doesn’t own audio tunes lol. Plus N.Y. needs all the hits they can put out, its been awhile. That’s part of the game, as long as designer doesn’t rap about doing drugs lol.

    • The City

      Your dumb ass don’t know the fist thing about hip hop.

      • big brain

        I know you should be called “The Shitty”lol. That pic scares nobody, your a clown

      • The City

        And you should replace brain with Noodle…btw you’re a cornball.

    • Perfect Timing

      That sh!t has nothing to do with Auto-Tune .. Desiigner copied Future ENTIRE flow, delivery, cadence, voice, ad libs..

      I mean seriously D!ck Riding is not a way to travel

  • Q.

    For a hearty laugh, youtube Desiigner performing “Panda” at XXL, Bobby Shmurda style. Mute volume for extra emphasis.

    (Disclaimer: It’s the visual equivalent of comments from the retard pedophile troll, Webster DoBoys.) #COONLIFE

    • Papi Peligro

      Sh!t look like they let a gay monkey with rabies play sherades and the card it pulled was Odell Beckham jr.

      • Q.


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