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Smoke DZA, Rugby Thompson

There’s moments on Rugby Thompson that remind of what we’ve grown accustomed to hearing from Smoke DZA. The afternoon weed nap inducing “Baleedat,” builds from the breezy “Personal Party,” from DZA’s last album, Rolling Stoned. “Playground Legend,” sees the rapper kick into his often overlooked storytelling mode, which he’s shown traces of on works like “On the Corner.” But while there are reference points to draw from, on the whole, DZA sounds somewhat different here. It's as if he’s carrying a chip on his shoulder this time around that’s more swaggering Harlemite and less the guy on the couch, weed ...

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