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Sean Pompey (born February 8, 1984), better known by his stage name Smoke DZA, is an American hip hop recording artist from Harlem, New York City. Smoke DZA decided on his moniker after being influenced by Chris Tucker’s character Smokey from the movie Friday and the acronym DZA stands for “Dream Zone Achieve”
Smoke DZA cites fellow New York natives Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G. as his main influences. As an adolescent he would use their songs and write his own lyrics, helping him learn rhyming patterns.”I used to re-write Biggie. It started with “Mo Money Mo Problems.” I would switch up the words, make it my own. He has also cited fellow Harlem rappers like Mase, Big L and Dipset as influences and inspiration. Though he is often mistakenly classified as a weed rapper, Smoke considers himself a lifestyle rapper and prefers not to be confined to one genre of rap. DZA’s albums and mixtapes often feature many collaborative tracks. DZA says he enjoys collaborating with fellow artists like Dom Kennedy and Kendrick Lamar as he feels it helps him “step his ball game up” in terms of his craft