D Smoke, born Daniel Anthony Farris, gained popularity after winning the first season of Rhythm + Flow in 2019. The Netflix reality show put on a competition for unsigned rappers to be judged by T.I., Chance the Rapper, and Cardi B. In the end, D Smoke took the title along with $250,000. Since then, he’s managed to sign a record deal, garner a wide fanbase, and work with some of the hottest artists in the game.
Yesterday (September 16), Mexican Independence Day, the 36-year-old released his latest record, “El Rey.” The song’s title translates to “The King,” which solidified that the Inglewood, California native thinks highly of his skills and abilities. The two-minute record started with Jose Alfredo Jimenez singing his edition of “El Rey” before the melody transitioned to a hard-hitting beat.
Not only did D Smoke release the single, but he also accompanied it with a music video. In the visual, he featured videos that showed celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Swizz Beats, and Issa Rae wishing their audience a happy Mexican Independence Day. The rapper included actors of different shades in his video, paying homage to them for their history.