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Following up his Subject Matter EP (released earlier this year), Internet favorite Homeboy Sandman returns with Chimera, again released via indie-rap stalwart Stones Throw Records. Set to loopy and laid-back production from Exile, Navie D, Paul White, J57, and Mr Familiar, he delivers his trademark left-field rhyme styles on six tracks here, each of them coming with a low-key, spacy vibe that's refreshingly different from just about anything else out there today. Sluggish tempos and minimalist beats support his deceptively drowsy wordplay, which is definitely more concerned with deep lyricism than catchy hooks or tear-da-club-up choruses. For cerebral headphones hip-hop, Sandman definitely delivers. Check out "Cops Get Scared of Me," "They Can't Hang (Word to the Mother)," "Look Out," and "Illuminati."

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Homeboy is RAW, its impossible to see him not rise as one of the greats in hip-hop. Ill music!

I didn't think he could top Subject:Matter

I wanted to wait til I read the liner notes before I posted a review but I gotta say something.
All of the songs here have a spacey feel to them, sort of like "The Miracle" on Subject:Matter. "Look Out" even sounds similar to "Drive" by the Cars. If I didn't know better, I'd say that spacey sound is part of the concept of the whole EP. The wordplay here is some of the best I've ever heard in Hip Hop history, particularly on my favorite cut, "Illuminati". This song has the deepest, best wordplay on the EP, accompanied by the most hypnotic music, not to mention a name drop of Chuck D and Flavor Flav. "Hold Your Head" features some of that speedy MCin' that we've become accustom to from Boy Sand's earlier works like "The Carpenter" on The Good Sun. And when was the last time you heard a rapper say "Word to the Mother"? hmmm. At this price, it's a steal. Plus, you can go on his website and download the free bonus track "Chimera Out Now". 7 tracks, $4!
This is easily 4.5 stars, maybe more once I read the liner notes. Not for everybody though, might be too deep for some, and it's lacking an upbeat banger. But I'm sure that will show up on his full length album.


Born: September 24, 1980 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A layered wordsmith, Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman was born to a boxing father who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to New York and fought on the heavyweight circuit. Retiring undefeated, Sandman's dad then went to law school to become a community lawyer, a path the son would follow for three years before dropping out. At first, it was to become a teacher, but just moonlighting as an MC wasn't enough, so with the 2007 release of his debut EP, Nourishment, he went with hip-hop full-time. After...
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