D Smoke
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Keynote: D Smoke

“D Smoke’s Black Habits: The Intersection of Music, Education and Social Justice”
May 21, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Public Talk season. This is an archived view.

Two-time GRAMMY-nominated bilingual rapper and winner of the Netflix series, Rhythm + Flow, joins the Dartmouth community to reflect on the current state of music, education and social justice.

20/21 Public Talk

This virtual event is for Dartmouth students and employees. Free but ticketed.
Students: to enter for a chance to attend a meet & greet with D Smoke, please fill out the form in your order confirmation.

With an undeniable rhythm and flow in both English and Spanish, rapper D Smoke joins the Dartmouth community for a virtual conversation and meet-and-greet. Hop Special Projects Fellows Kelly Scrima and Isaiah Diaz-Mays will co-moderate a candid conversation between D Smoke and Associate Professor of Global Afro-Diaspora Studies at Michigan State University Dr. Yomaira C. Figueroa-Vásquez. This event aims to foster much needed conversations on anti-racism and allows students to engage with an artist and a scholar who have long used their careers to make an impact.


Co-presented by the Hop and School House. This event is sponsored by the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth College.

Moderated by

Dr. Yomaira C Figueroa-Vásquez, Associate Professor of Global Afro-Diaspora Studies at Michigan State University (sponsored by Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth College)
Kelly Scrima, MBA, MALS Cultural Studies '21, Hopkins Center Special Projects Fellow, School House Resident Fellow
Isaiah Diaz-Mays, MALS Creative Writing '21, Hopkins Center Special Projects Fellow

About D Smoke

Hailing from Inglewood, California, two-time GRAMMY-nominated Rapper, Daniel "D SMOKE" Farris personifies the city's cultural duality: nurtured by the boulevards and natured by his family's rich musical legacy. Smoke gained global notoriety in 2019 as champion and undisputed breakout star of Netflix's Rhythm + Flow. Smoke showcased himself as a raw lyricist, classically trained musician and cultural activist with "something to say" — and nothing left to prove. On February 7, 2020, he released his debut full-length album, Black Habits, boasting features Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Ari Lennox, his brothers SiR and Davion Farris and mother, Jackie Gouché. The album's critical acclaim earned a 2021 Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, and his ability to enter into the public consciousness in an impactful way earned him a second 2021 Grammy nomination, Best New Artist. On the evening of the tragic and senseless murder of George Floyd, D Smoke joined forces with younger brother SiR to create "Let Go", which sees the Farris brothers speaking loudly on police brutality, racism and the pain that the oppressed have to endure as a result. While navigating the Summer of 2020, D Smoke also pulled inspiration from a long lineage of family matriarchs, releasing "Rapture", with a surreptitiously tender homage to the realities of existing as a Black woman in a world that often conflates a woman's tolerance for suffering as a signaler of love.

D Smoke received a 2021 NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding New Artist. As a Black, Bilingual rapper, musician, and CEO, Smoke utilizes his lived experiences to create music and opportunities that bridge the cultural gaps seemingly present between Black and Brown communities, and the have and have-nots.

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