“I’ve trained myself to not look too far into things until they materialize,” says D Smoke of how he felt the night before the 2021 Grammy nominations were announced on Tuesday (Nov. 24). “I figured if I didn’t raise my expectations too much then there’s no real disappointment to experience. But in doing so, once the news came I was through the roof. Literally, my voice is tired today from all the yelling I’ve been doing.”

D Smoke, who won the 2019 Netflix hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow — hosted by Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. — was nominated for best new artist and best rap album at the 2021 Grammys, for his debut LP that arrived in February. Titled Black Habits, the set hit No. 2 on Billboard‘s Heatseekers Albums chart and includes features from his mother (who toured with Stevie Wonder) and his uncle (who toured with Prince), as well as Jill Scott, Ari Lennox and Snoop Dogg among others.

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