Smoke DZA on Old School Harlem Dust Smokers, The Canadian Border Patrol, And Whether 2Pac Is Alive In Cuba


Editor's note: In Tweets is Watching, Phillip Mlynar will ask local artists questions based solely on the contents of their Twitter timeline.

Smoke DZA is the Kushed God. Calling Harlem home, the weed connoisseur rapper has cultivated a fine crop of fans and can boast an army of 65k faithful Twitter followers. Flush from the release of his K.O.N.Y. mixtape earlier this week (which features his Smoker's Club compatriots Big K.R.I.T. and Joey Bada$$), here's DZA explaining away his timeline references to the city's water supply, The Flatbush Zombies, and having problems at the ol' Canadian border.

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Your mixtape song "G.otham F.*uckin C.ity" with Joey Bada$$ has gotten a great reaction on Twitter. What did you think when you first heard Joey rhyme?

I heard Joey a while ago. He used to be a little kid with a skateboard who used to come and mob at all my shows. He brings a fresh ear; I'm not saying it's never been done before, but it's a different angle a kid from his era is attacking. It's cool and he's a cool kid.

You re-tweeted a fan quoting a line about 2Pac on "Butta Rice." Do you really believe he's alive and in Cuba?

No. That was just me being sarcastic. [Breaks off to talk to a friend.] My brother Steve is right here and he's like, "Ah, man 2Pac is in Cuba!" 2Pac is not in no fuckin' Cuba. But I just said that shit to be sarcastic. Shit ain't never been fuckin' in Cuba!

Why are there so many conspiracy theories about 2Pac?

Everybody wants to believe. It's like Jim Hoffa, it's a theory that he's buried in Giants Stadium or whatever it is. People want to have conspiracies and theories just because they can.

You tweeted about missing a show recently. What's the story behind that?

Oh, no, I didn't say I missed the show by accident, I said I missed to tweet a show by accident! It was just the order of me tweeting it and I missed it. I miss one show in Montreal this last June 'cause of the fuckin' border.

What happened at the Canadian border?

Well the Canadian border are not too happy with Kushed God. Every time I go through there I have an issue. I'm about to go through there right now and I hope I don't have an issue. Let's knock on wood.

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