In The Rotation: “No Commas” by D Smoke

Welcome to The Sports Fan Journal’s music series, In The Rotation. Music fans are always trying to find the latest tunes to spin and our editor Mya Melody, a.k.a. the playlist virtuoso is here to help. Whether you need a weekend turn up anthem or a smooth jam for a kickback, this series will highlight the week’s hottest song to add in your collection. Vibe out and enjoy! #MelodyPutYouOn

Inglewood native D Smoke may not be a household name just yet, but after being crowned the season one winner of the hit Netflix show Rhythm + Flow, he’s well on his way to put on for his city. D Smoke’s latest single “No Commas” is the perfect blend of perseverance, initiative, and ambition–all qualities needed for a prosperous 2020.

One of the aspects that helped D Smoke become a standout contestant on Rhythm + Flow was his natural ability to spit bars in both English and Spanish. He adds this bilingual flair to “No Commas” to the intro followed by the song’s enticing hook:

I told ’em I’m the one for the job, no commas / And I’m serious, period, no commas / Wanna enjoy my family and my friends with no drama / And stack ’til I’m delirious, period

Upon first hearing “No Commas,” the song starts out with a smooth piano backing, that initially seems like a rap ballad. However, after D Smoke’s first hook, the hardcore beat comes in thanks to producer J.LBS, who’s known for working with artists like Talib Kweli, Isaiah Rashad, and ScHoolboy Q. “No Commas” is just a piece of what fans can anticipate from D Smoke’s debut album Black Habits due out on Feb. 7.

If your goals for the new year consist of determination and following your dreams, then put D Smoke’s “No Commas” in the rotation and check out this week’s pertinent reading material:

Kobe Bryant Was Actually A Really Good Rapper, Too – Uproxx

Celebrating More Than J. Cole’s 35 Years on Earth – DJBooth

Artists Are Trading Touring for Residencies to Improve the Quality of Their Lives – Billboard

How Destination Music Festivals Can Make You A Better Traveler – Uproxx

How Producer Jon Brion Finished Mac Miller’s ‘Circles’ – Vulture

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