On the second anniversary of Smoke Dawg’s death, friend and fellow Halal Gang member Mustafa has dropped a new song in memory of the late artist. Created in collaboration with James Blake, “Come Back” serves as a heartfelt and heartbreaking tribute — one that Mustafa says helped him work through his grief.
“Perpetually grateful for James who helped free me of my own emotional burdens when I was young,” he wrote, “to now helping me free these stories of those who’ve passed too young. Today marks 2 years without Smoke Dawg. I pray the people you lost come back to you in the form that heals you best, if not a memory, a dream, if not a dream, in their siblings eyes, if not that, than in the way you carry yourself.”
He shared the track alongside beautiful visuals directed by Nabil (behind Kendrick Lamar’s DNA, Frank Ocean’s Pyramids, and Travis Scott’s Yosemite). Watch below.
Smoke Dawg was shot and killed outside Toronto’s Cube Nightclub on June 30, 2018. He was 21 years old.