(AllHipHop News) Last night (May 7th), Smoke DZA and clouds of marijuana commandeered SOBs for the album release party of Smoke DZA's Dream.Zone.Achieve. In an EXCLUSIVE interview with DZA following the show, the Kushed God himself spoke on the Undertaker's undefeated streak, the one Knicks moment that had him, his father and others in his neighborhood sad and more.
DZA has been releasing free projects online since 2009's Substance Abuse mixtape. While he released 2011's Rolling Stoned and 2012's Rugby Thompson for sale, the R.F.C. Music Group-released Dream.Zone.Achieve is a different landmark in his independent rap career:
This is actually my first I put out for sale on my own. Others I had help by other independent companies. But, this is the first time actually putting an album out under my own independent company.
Prior to releasing his debut album Dream.Zone.Achieve, DZA released the wrestling-inspired Ringside 2 EP. As an avid wrestling fan, DZA explains how the Undertaker's undefeated streak at Wrestlemania ending last month was pretty emotionally devastating:
I was hurt. It was like watching your childhood pet get put to sleep. That's the only best way I can put it. There were people crying.
DZA, a long time New York Knicks fan, claims that the controversial Larry Johnson four-point play in the 1999 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs was his favorite Knicks moment. However, in his song "Ghost of Dipset", DZA remarks he "broke hearts like when Ewing missed the finger roll". According to DZA, Patrick Ewing missing the game-tying layup at the end of Game 7 for the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Indiana Pacers was the most heart breaking Knicks moment and had a deep emotional affect on more people other than just himself in his family:
The most disappointing moment was Ewing missing the finger roll. I remember that as a child. It was painful for me, my dad and every Knicks fan in my neighborhood.
Check out the full interview below: