Smoke DZA recently released his new album Rolling Stoned, but he already considers himself a cut above the rest. Speaking with MTV’s Mixtape Daily, the weed-friendly rapper explained that he’s amongst the elite, which also includes Big K.R.I.T., Curren$y, Dom Kennedy and Kendrick Lamar.

“I feel like I’m amongst the elite, and I feel like they are the elite — like the Spittas, Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick, Dom,” he said. “That’s the new crop of the elite right now, and just to be amongst them, I’m in a good space.”

DZA, who’s released mixtapes such as George Kush Da Button , Substance Abuse and The Hustler’s Catalog, also differentiated between the mixtape format and an actual album release.

“Mixtapes to me was like rapping over other people’s beats, so when I really started doin’ the whole pattern of rappin’ over my own beats, I took the whole approach as it being an album,” he said. “But I always called it a mixtape because it was free. Rappin’ over other people’s beats, I feel like that’s a mixtape, and when you’re rapping over your own original production, it’s more so like an album.”

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