Kanye West has teamed up with Brooklyn rapper SAINt JHN to release the new 3-minute single “Smack DVD” overnight on Godd Complexx / HITCO Entertainment (L.A. Reid), the so-called missing Kanye record from SAINt JHN’s new album. This new single builds off the momentum that SAINt JHN has developed following the release of his very well-received third solo studio album in the new 13-track “While the World Was Burning” released last Friday which features Future, Lil Uzi Vert, DaBaby, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, JID (of J. Cole’s Dreamville imprint), 6LACK, Kehlani as well as Kanye West on the album track “Pray 4 Me”. SAINt JHN was also nominated for a Grammy Award earlier this week for Best Remixed Recording for his song “Roses (Imanbek Remix)”.
This new track pays homage to the influential Troy “Smack White” Mitchell of the ground-breaking S.M.A.C.K DVD street DVD series that ran from 2002 to 2008, which featured in-depth interviews with artists such as 50 Cent, Kanye, DMX, Big Meech, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane plus many more and details about up-and-coming rappers’ lives prior to YouTube and World Star Hip Hop. Many of the S.M.A.C.K. DVD’s (an acronym for Street Music, Arts, Culture & Knowledge) founded with visionary business partner Eric Beasley famously featured a rap battle filmed on the street in acapella format, which differed significantly from the dominant Scribble Jam rap battles of the time and acted as the driving force to the development of MTV’s Monday Night Fight Klub, Grind Time and King of the Dot all forming. Watch the new visualizer to SAINt JHN and Kanye West’s “Smack DVD” single below.