On Performing Live…
XXL: What can we expect from the show tonight?
Smoke DZA: A lot of weed smoke. I’m tryna get out here and do that now [Laughs].
Vinny Cha$e: A lot of weed smoke, a lot of fashion, a lot of chicks, there’s gonna be drinks, there’s gonna be some good ass times, there’s gonna be Smoke DZA turnin’ it up, there’s gonna be V-Cha$e with the ski masks and whatever else we might bring out, it’s gonna be a whole Harlem event, and it’s just gonna be dope, man. Especially [DZA]‘s shows, he’s got all the theatrics and shit, who knows what he might do this time.
DZA: Who knows, I might walk through the crowd on some Hulk Hogan shit.
Cha$e: [DZA]‘s shit inspired a lot of mine. I remember the first time I went to one of his shows, like, two years ago, they came out with the motherfuckin’ Presidential masks.
DZA: The Bush masks.
Cha$e: Yeah, man, and I remember that shit just had such a big impact, I was like, “Wow, that’s how you’re supposed to do a show.” ‘Cause you know, a lot of people just stand there and just point at you, “Put your hands up!” After the second or third song, nobody really likes to get pointed at. [We're] just trying to involve people.
What’s the inspiration behind some of those more theatrical things on stage?
DZA: I mean, from being on the road, I learned about showmanship. I got to tour with Juicy J, Method Man, Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y—all my niggas got big shows. So following them, you gotta have a big show, you gotta be a showman. You gotta put out for the people, cause they’re not there just to see you rap. They’re there to stare at you, they’re there to see the shit you talk about on Twitter, and they’re there to see if you a star.
Cha$e: Yeah they wanna experience the whole experience.
DZA: They want the Kush God experience. They wanna be passed some weed, they want me to tell them, “Aw man! That shit stink! Smoke this!” They want that. [Both laugh] I love my fans, but some fan weed be like, ehhh, you can save that for your personal. [Laughs]
Cha$e: Yeah, you can’t take all fan weed. They got good intentions though.
DZA: They got great intentions. I love my fans. But you gotta smoke good weed. I love the fans that smoke great weed, that pass me an abundance of it.
Cha$e: Give ‘em weed and water, they’ll love you tomorrow.
What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve gotten passed on stage?
DZA: Wasn’t anything too stupid, they don’t really pass me wack shit. I’ve gotten a lot of cool shit, like they’ll pass me rugbys, weed. Weed is equivalent to money, and they paid to get up in that motherfucker. Nigga passed me some wrestling toys the other day, and I really appreciated that, some old school wrestling toys, man that shit was dope.
Cha$e: Like the old, WWF?
DZA: WWF! Hansbro.
Cha$e: Man, classic toy shit.
DZA: I still got those, I collect ‘em.
Cha$e: Big kids, man. [Both laugh]