A member of Tech N9ne‘s Strange Music roster, Kutt Calhoun has clearly been learning from his
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label boss’ example; on his latest single and first Booth feature, Redemption, the Kansas City native showcases a similarly angst-prone disposition and a willingness to walk on hip-hop’s dark side. As producer Tramaine “YoungFyre” Winfrey sets an appropriately ominous mood with strings and choral synths, Calhoun battles the devil himself over the fate of his immortal soul. Having wrestled with his share of inner demons, the always-dope, slightly unhinged Joe Budden provides moral support on the guest tip, offering listeners an update on his own precarious mental state: “It’s only fair that I warn you, my reality is far from normal…” Really, Joe? Could’ve fooled us. Released this month, Calhoun’s Raw and Un-Kutt LP is available in stores and online for the low, low price of your soul. Nah, just kidding – I imagine it’s somewhere in the neighborhood of $13.