Is Dice Raw living in the past? You’d better believe it – in fact, he can tell you the exact year: 1995 (He and Maffew Ragazino should get together sometime.) Previously heard as a guest on records by The Roots and ¡MAYDAY!, and as one-fourth of Philly supergroup Money Making Jam Boys, the buzzmaker explores his relationship to hip-hop’s past on his first solo feature, the latest single off his forthcoming EP. Rick Friedrich takes an unexpected tack on the production tip, foregoing the obvious boom-bap influences in favor of a more current-sounding synth-guitar groove (and enlisting an Dice himself for a New Wave-informed hook). Lyrically, however, Raw keeps it straight retro, dropping bittersweet rhymes sure to elicit wistful sighs from seasoned heads and old souls alike: “I used to hop the train, listenin’ to Wu-Tang, lightin’ L’s in the stairwell with the butane.” Has this reflective cut left you hungry for more quality jams? You’ll find what you’re craving on Dice Raw’s Preservation EP, dropping June 7, as the first in his Greatest Rapper Never trilogy.
Written by richard on 05/26/11
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Raw Life/Soulspazm Records
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"Rising Down (Hum Drum) ft. Mos Def, Styles P & Dice Raw" (2008)
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