September 25, 2012

Most rappers are dedicated to creating a cult of mystique around themselves. Homeboy Sandman is about the opposite: removing the layers between fan and rapper, but without attempting to be the everyman. He is not the everyman. He is a NBA shooting guard-sized, Ivy League scholar and the only rapper to ever rap “dominant allele” with “zeal,” and “same old spiel.” Everyone in New York is Jewish even if they aren’t. Except for maybe Uncle Murda.

“Not Really” is about being humble and staying true to your beliefs without all the tedious moralizing that usually accompanies rap songs about those concepts. It’s about accepting doubt and rolling with it. Show don’t tell. Same pants, different crease. Same Sand, different beach.  First of a Living Breed is out now at the place where they throw Stones.

Tracks below the jump.

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