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Label: Mello Music Group
Genre: Hip-hop/Rap

Fresh off last year’s ace collaboration with M.C. and beatsmith Edan, Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman hits us back with “Dusty,’’ a redefinition of Golden Age hip-hop for the now.

A classicist who embraces the future, Sandman’s blueprint is not calculated: “There aren’t any maps / So I go my own way.’’ On album closer “Always,’’ he finds “a place that you can’t touch’’ - space between back-in-the-day and a higher plane.

Always with respect to the art form, his rhyme structures are studied but off the cuff, like he’s flipping out in measured tones. Versed in linguistics and the way inflection changes meaning, Boy Sand can still “break dance without cardboard.’’ The hook on the infectious “Name’’ spells it out: “You can’t solve me.’’

An existentialist who drops science like earlier Queens rapper Craig G, on “Wondering Why’’ he ponders questions both trivial and trenchant: “Why I don’t know the real ways just back routes?’’ He rhymes “panacea’’ with “Bill Laimbeer’’ and “Zambia,’’ making it all look easy, at one point plainly stating, “It’s not difficult.’’

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