dae zhen. Returns With “smoke break”

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from dae zhen., but know I couldn’t have clicked that SoundCloud notification any faster, nor have been more excited when I got the chance to indulge in the new track. One of my all-time favorite artists has reunited with his right-hand producer Mike Derenzo for a new tune titled “smoke break.” His angelic hook and poetic verses are backed by a wavering “If I Ever Fall in Love” sample and additional vocals from Joni Payne, melding to form an overall steamy journey. This warm welcome from dae has us excited to hear more in the near future.

Take a “smoke break” with dae zhen. below.

dae zhen. ft. KATO // “Crazy” (Stream)

dae zhen returns to give us “Crazy,” featuring a guest verse from KATO and production from Mike Derenzo.  The track is a bold reinterpretation of the Gnarls Barkley classic of the same name.

Embark on the ambient journey below:

“Crazy” is in stark contrast in aesthetic when juxtaposed with dae’s previous release “Friday,” released via NPR Music and available for stream via both SoundCloud and Spotify.  However, both tracks showcase his strong vocals and potent chemistry with Mike Derenzo.

Both “Crazy” and “Friday” are slated to appear on zhenny’s impending album Nostalgiatic, scheduled for release sometime this calendar year.

“Crazy” marks the first time that dae and KATO have appeared on a track together since their joint EP Polaroids, available for stream via Child of Space Beach himself.

If you’re interested in hearing more of this electro-pop infused hip-hop, Mike Derenzo’s SoundCloud will satisfy your appetite.

Dae Zhen is Far From Finished | “Sorry I Never Put Shit Out” (Stream)

That’s okay, Dae– this track will hold us for a bit.

Dae Zhen of Los Angeles is a multi-talented microphone-killer that oscillates between belting passionate lines and reciting seemingly effortless, rapid-fire verses laced with poetry and metaphors galore. I first discovered Zhen when he opened for Queens satirist/MC hybrid Awkwafina at UCSD’s the Loft last December; needless to say, I’ve been hooked ever since. With his debut solo project, Women & Wordplay, now an edge over one year young, his fans have been (im)patiently waiting for more.


Last night Zhen gave us a new track via the currently in-flux SoundCloud titled, “Sorry I Never Put Shit Out.” The latest cut features Zhen doing what he does best: blending his singing with wordplay-filled raps over production from his close friend Mike Derenzo of Venice Beach. Subtle guitar strumming (likely played by Young Dae himself) topped off with piano melodies and Zhen’s piercing vocals definitely makes this a memorable cut that continues to generate hype for him as he progresses in the industry.

Derenzo is one of the prominent forces behind many of Zhen’s projects, from Women & Wordplay to Zhenny’s latest compilation, B-Sides, which features a few tracks that weren’t exactly suited for his upcoming album. Regardless, each track is solid and only makes me more stoked to hear what makes the final cut! The two have a symbiotic relationship that produces nothing less of dope music.

Stay tuned for more updates on Dae’s upcoming album.

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