Born Daniel Anthony Farris, D Smoke is an American musical artist, actor, and author. He is a Grammy-nominated hip-hop musician signed to the record label EMPIRE.
What is D Smoke’s net worth?
It is estimated that, currently, D Smoke has a net worth of $700,000, earning more than $250,000 per year. He is on his way to becoming a millionaire as he started to become popular after appearing on the scene in Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow”.
- In 2021 D Smoke was Grammy nominated for Best New Artist
- He won Netflix’s first season of “Rhythm + Flow”
- In 2021, his debut album became Grammy-nominated for Best Album along with Royce da 5’9, Nas, and Fredy Gibbs.
- D Smoke collaborated with Snoop Dog, John Legend, Jill Scott, E-40, and others.
How does D Smoke make money?
D Smoke was highly influenced by his musical family to make a career in music as well. But before making a jumpstart in his music career, in 2019, D Smoke accomplished much more. One of his first jobs was as a Spanish and music teacher at Inglewood High School.
In the early 2000s, he appeared in different TV series such as CSI, Judging Amy, and Boston Public. Also, Daniel Farris collaborated with his brother to write songs for the Pussycat Dolls and Jaheim.
In his 30s, Daniel Farris started to gain some notoriety with his music, after he won “Rhythm + Flow”. During his time on the show, D Smoke learned a lot from the judges Cardi B, Chance The Rapper, and T.I. Shortly. After his victory, D Smoke released the EP called “Inglewood High”. Later, in 2020, he released “Black Habits”, which received a Grammy nomination.
After that single, D Smoke released the album titled “War & Wonders”, which featured his brother SiR, WESTSIDE BOOGIE, Bj The Chicago Kid, and John Legend. Since 2019, D Smoke has collaborated with many legendary music artists and this is only the beginning.
Another source of income for D Smoke is his Supa Good merch, that includes hats and hoodies. Also, he guest-starred as himself in the new show “Bel-Air”. Moreover, Daniel Farris said that he is about to publish a futuristic novel.
How does D Smoke spend his money?
There isn’t a lot of information available regarding the way D Smoke spends his money. But we can tell you what he intended to do with the $250,000 prize he won at “Rhythm + Flow”. He planned to invest some of this money and offer scholarships to children in his community.
Also, he intended to invest the money in his music career by purchasing his own place in Inglewood. As he has accomplished this, D Smoke started to renovate the boxing gym where he used to train.
Childhood and teenage years
Daniel Farris, known as D Smoke, was born on October 17, 1985, in Inglewood, California. He grew up in a musical family and so he developed a passion for this art.
Daniel’s mother, Jackie Gouche, said that her children have very good music skills. Daniel and his brothers took vocal lessons, and piano lessons, and led music at church weekly. Also, his mother was very talented and pursued a music career even while raising her children.
She worked as a background gospel singer and together with her brother, who was a legendary gospel bass player, collaborated with great artists. With such a family environment, Daniel easily fell in love with music. He was only eight years old when he made his first beat with his uncle’s equipment.
However, it wasn’t a coincidence that his mother and his uncle were so good at music. Daniel’s grandmother was also inclined to music but had to stop pursuing a career in this field to take care of her children.
But Daniel didn’t have a life full of rainbows and sunshine as his mother had to raise him and his brothers alone while their father was in prison for six years for forbidden substance dealing charges. This event changed the trajectory of Daniel’s life.
Daniel changed his ultimate goal of becoming a pianist and became a full-fledged rapper. Making music and not just listening to it helped D Smoke to go through the situation with his father.
Ultimately, Daniel’s father was released when he was eight and was very involved in his children’s lives. D Smoke said that he grew up in a musical family with a hands-on father.
While he was in high school, had Tasha Smith, a family friend, as his acting coach. She helped him in securing roles in shows such as Boston Public, The District, and others. However, he didn’t pursue a career in music until 2006, when he created a group of songwriters named “The Woodworks”.
The Woodworkers was formed of him, his cousin, and his brothers. They wrote songs for Jaheim, the Pussycat Dolls, Joe, and others. Also, in 2006 Daniel released his first project called “Producer of the Years”, where he presented his beat-making prowess. It was thirteen years later, in 2019 when D Smoke released his next project.
Before 2019, Daniel worked as a Spanish and music theory teacher for high school students in Inglewood. So, it was a surprise for them when D Smoke appeared on “Rhythm + Flow”. But they encouraged their teacher to participate in this music reality contest, that gathered rappers from all over the country. The stakes were high, $250,000.
They all have been judged by T.I., Cardi B, and Chance the Rapper, who decided that winner would be D Smoke. He impressed the jury with his wide range of musical skills and talent for writing. After he won this competition, Daniel released an EP and the following year he released his debut album. It was titled “Black Habits” and earned a Grammy nomination.
Currently, D Smoke has more than 1,5 million Spotify listeners and earns more than $3,000 per month just from Spotify, considering that he is paid $2 for every one thousand monthly listeners.
D Smoke made significant progress since 2019 and keeps wowing his fans with his great talent.
Interesting facts about D Smoke
- His brother, SiR, is on the TDE label and has collaborated with ScHoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad, Kendrick Lamar, and others.
- He guest-starred on Judging Amy, CSI, and Boston Public.
- His uncle played bass for Prince, Chaka Khan, and others.
- He taught music and Spanish at Inglewood High School.
- His mother was in the music industry for more than thirty years, singing background for Yolanda Adams, Michael Jackson, Bobby Caldwell, Quincy Jones, Julio Iglesias, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, and many more.
What are D Smoke’s musical inspirations?
Daniel Farris is inspired by many West Coast music artists such as Snoop Dog, with whom he also collaborated for his first album. Also, he is inspired by Tupac and Kendrick Lamar.
How did D Smoke learn Spanish?
After attending a middle school that was primarily Latino, Daniel Farris became interested in Spanish. He has friends who know Spanish and a vacation to Mexico made him even more interested in this language. In college, D Smoke continued learning and majored in Spanish literature.
What did D Smoke do with the cash prize from Rhythm + Flow?
D Smoke invested some of the money in his musical career and offered some to the children in his community for scholarships.
What did D Smoke do before Rhythm + Flow?
Before winning the Rhythm + Flow prize, D Smoke worked as a music and Spanish teacher at Inglewood High School.
D Smoke is a great artist who has an estimated net worth of $700,000 at the time this article is written. He came to the public’s attention in 2019, when the won the Rhythm + Flow competition. But he has much more to show in the music industry.