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Smoke DZA: Dreams, Zones & Achieves at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] #IronMic

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Edmonton, AB – On Apr. 19, our friends over at Pearl Entertainment rolled out the first – ever – installation of the Iron Mic Music Festival. Western Canada’s largest indoor hip-hop music festival brought hip-hop heavyweights Smoke DZA, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, and MGK together on one bill for a night of supreme hip-hoppity goodness.

Of the five international headliners to grace us with their presence, Harlem’s own Smoke DZA was first on the roster for the evening. Following the local Edmonton opening sets, Smoke hit the stage at 7 p.m.

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com


Smoke’s been on the scene for a minute, now. He came up as a battle-rapper, delved into ghost-writing for a while, dropped a slew of Mary Jane-laced tapes, and finally dropped his debut Dream.ZONE.Achieve album at the beginning of April 2014 (Spoiler alert: that’s where the “DZA” in “Smoke DZA” comes from: dream, zone, achieve. ‘Na mean?).

Smoke hit the stage running in a Mark Messier Edmonton Oilers jersey (with matching sneakers, which is equally important – you feel me?). So basically, he instantly became the coolest new cat on the E-Town block. Smoke had everyone wilding out within minutes. He brought that Beast Coast flavour to Western Canada, and everyone was feeling the love. At the end of the set, Smoke brought the next headliner of the evening – Joey Bada$$ – on to the stage to perform the duo’s “Fhvt BVsturd” joint off Dream.ZONE.Achieve. It was a beastly Beast Coast takeover.

In a recent interview with Vlad TV, Smoke DZA lay claim to being the best rapper in New York. To quote, he said: “In the crop of what’s going on right now, I’m the best. I got the best album out. Best rapper. Best dressed. Smell better than these n*ggas. All of that.”

So y’all want to know what the best rapper in New York smells like? Of course you do. He’s on that Tom Ford ish. But more on that later. Keep it locked. You can peep all the details when we drop the interview that we did with the great Dream Zone Achiever, himself. In the meanwhile, check out these photos that Sarah Sussman shot of Smoke DZA’s monstrous debut Edmonton performance below.

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Smoke DZA: Dreaming, Zoning, and Achieving at Iron Mic in Edmonton [Photos] - HipHopCanada.com

Photography by Sarah Sussman for HipHopCanada

About Iron Mic Music Festival

Iron Mic is the first of its kind for Western Canada – it’s an indoor multi-headliner hip-hop festival offered to all ages. The festival is three parts in nature: it features headlining performances from internationally recognized artists. It provides an opportunity for local artists to gain some exposure. And it gives back to the community through charitable efforts. Iron Mic Music Festival was made possible through Pearl Entertainment’s partnerships with Nightshift, Mez Muzik, Dubsac, Jakmove, Diamond Kings Entertainemnt, IPartySask, and HipHopCanada.


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Sarah Sussman is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah was born-and-raised in Calgary, AB. She is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a 2013 graduate from SAIT Polytechnic's journalism program. She writes about hip-hop and fashion (and sometimes a combination of the two). She also manages a vintage clothing boutique on-the-side. Sarah has written for The Weal, Where Calgary, Essential Calgary, and Our Alberta. Sarah started working with HipHopCanada in Jan. 2013 as Canadian Prairies Editor. She has been fortunate enough to interview some pretty cool cats, including Action Bronson, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Maseo (De La Soul), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest), and more. Twitter: @IHeartTART

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