D Smoke is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter who rose to fame after winning the first season of the Netflix reality show Rhythm + Flow in 2019. His unique style blends hip hop, R&B, and jazz influences. Since his reality show win, D Smoke has released several successful singles and an album, and has amassed a net worth of over $2 million.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
D Smoke was born Daniel Farris on January 16, 1985 in Inglewood, California. He is the younger brother of R&B singer SiR. D Smoke became interested in music at a young age, singing in church choirs and teaching himself to play instruments. He attended UCLA and was a member of the university’sUndeniable jazz ensemble.
After graduating from UCLA, D Smoke began his music career by forming a jazz band with his brother. He also worked as a Spanish and music teacher at Inglewood High School. D Smoke released his first mixtapes The Ark of Tendo and The Black Habit in 2017.
Success on Rhythm + Flow
In 2019, D Smoke auditioned for the Netflix hip hop competition show Rhythm + Flow, judged by Cardi B, T.I., and Chance the Rapper. With his unique, jazz-influenced sound, he impressed both the judges and audiences. D Smoke ultimately won the competition, earning a $250,000 cash prize.
Winning Rhythm + Flow gave D Smoke national exposure and jumpstarted his music career. Soon after his win, he signed with RCA Records.
Release of Black Habits Album
On February 7, 2020, D Smoke released his debut studio album Black Habits. Blending hip hop, soul, and jazz, Black Habits showcased D Smoke’s songwriting skills and musical talent. The album included production from hitmakers DJ Battlecat, 1500 or Nothin, and JR Hutson.
Black Habits was both a critical and commercial success. It peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200 chart and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. The single “Fly” also became a hit and was featured on the soundtrack for the movie The Photograph. D Smoke earned several accolades for Black Habits, including a BET Award nomination for Best New Artist.
Continued Singles and Collaborations
Following the success of his debut album, D Smoke has continued to release popular singles. In 2020, he dropped the songs “Lights On” featuring Tiffany Gouché and “No Commas” featuring Jackie Foster.
D Smoke has also been featured on songs by other artists. He was featured on SiR’s song “Right Back” and collaborated with Jozzy on “Tweakin Together (Remix).”
In October 2022, D Smoke released another new single titled “Common Sense.” He continues to work on new music, hinting that his second studio album will be coming soon.
In addition to his music career, D Smoke has undertaken other business ventures. He and his brother SiR launched a music incubator called Woods & Compton. Based in their hometown of Inglewood, the incubator helps develop up-and-coming musical talent.
D Smoke also partnered with Dolce & Gabbana in 2020 to release a capsule collection. The high-end fashion line was inspired by his song “No Commas.”
Estimated Net Worth
Thanks to his Rhythm + Flow winnings, album sales, hit singles, and business ventures, D Smoke has amassed an estimated net worth of $2 million as of 2022. Given his continued success and growing fame, his net worth will likely continue rising in the future.
Personal Life and Activism
D Smoke lives in Inglewood, California with his wife Valerie. He continues to be engaged in community activism. The rapper participates in motivational speaking and teaches youth programs focused on music and social justice.
D Smoke has said that his goal is to “give the world music and content that heals.” He aims to inspire and empower people through his art.
From winning a reality competition show to releasing a top-charting debut album, D Smoke has quickly made a name for himself in hip hop. His jazz-infused style and conscious lyrics have connected with music fans worldwide. As he continues to make music and grow his brand, D Smoke’s star is definitely on the rise. His talents, business acumen, and positive message have brought him much success already at age 37, and signal a bright future ahead.