Last week, ScHoolboy Q spoke about the compromises he had to make when recording his latest record, Oxymoron. The struggle between artist and label is not a new one, and is one that Smoke DZA was well aware of when recording his upcoming album, Dream. ZONE. Achieve. The album will be self-released, as DZA said:

    This year is my year to be completely independent, through and through. To take ownership of my creations and destiny. To do it the way I want to do it. To do it with the niggas I want to do it with. So that I’m 100% sure that you, that kid somewhere, that kid anywhere, is getting it how I want you to get it. That good ol American Dream. Complete Independence. Total Freedom from whatever you may be experiencing in life. That’s the purpose of music and the results of great music. So just keep one lit and listen closely as you dream, zone, achieve.

    With the April 1 release date approaching, Smoke DZA has released a single with Ab-Soul, titled “Hearses.” The song has Soul singing a laid back chorus with both MCs flowing comfortably over the DJ Dahi production.