Transcript for D Smoke performs ‘Black Habits’ on 'Strahan, Sara and Keke'
It is black history month, and as I mentioned last week, this is so important to celebrate all the great African-Americans from my past, but also shine a light on people who are making history right now. So I'm introducing you to a new artist who uses his music to tell black stories and to inspire and educate. He's also the winner of the Netflix music competition show, "Rhythm + flow." Check out his winning performance. I get better every moment, hard times were never resentment I stayed forever, relentless, let's go keep it 100 I be feeling like who, who Yes! Please welcome, D smoke. Now D smoke, I let you know early on I was a fan. As soon as I finished watching the series, I got into your dms, like, man, you were legit. You were off the charts. You won. $250,000 was the grand prize. Yes. What was the first thing that you did with it? Most of it I saved. Yeah, yeah. That's smart. We went back to my school that I graduated from and that I used to teach at, englewood high school, and we had a couple of meetings and decided to do a scholarship campaign for it. You speak Spanish a lot in your music. I do. You use it as well in the classroom. Mm-hmm. Do you ever miss teaching? Absolutely. Absolutely. Teaching is an exchange, you know, you go out there and you give so much energy to the students, but you definitely get it back and, you know, that kept me young. They always put me up on new music. The tiktoks? You're still changing through your music. You have the new album coming out "Black habits." No surprise it's coming out during black history month. Tell us about it. "Black habits" is a celebration of blackness and it's through my family's story. I talk about, you know, incarceration, addiction, redemption, pops coming home, you know, and just a celebration of all of the good and the bad, you know. Oh my gosh. And what it makes me today. The album is out now. Everyone can check it out, but now we're going to see him perform "Black habit." This is a family affair. Your mama Jackie is on the vocals. We got your cousin Greg on the drums, and your uncle Andrew is on the bass. I'm ready to get into it. Set it off, man. Okay. purple rain falling down on the prince of the coast with the sunshine, all year round purple haze over landscapes still I hydrate in a lunch line with the smog and clouds this song's, lovers in need of more from englewood, barefoot on the cedar floor if book -- black music is the blood, then I been beating more, rapping happily, I look back on I'm young, black and gifted and all lives going to see him you balance scales and you ain't average, now throw your hands on three going to put them up for black magic, black excellence black habits, it's black magic everything black, black chucks, everything black love everything praise black Jesus, praise black Moses, give them flowers while they're still here, black everything black tie, black pride, everything everything, black pride, black lives, everything here you are, black, everything you need, better believe you are that here you are, black, listen every time they hear this, they're going to say he made an anthem black is and white, it's a canvas, spike Lee your dreams, Bruce Lee your tantrums
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