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Along with Freestyle Fellowship, Busdriver and Abstract Rude, Nocando emerged from Project Blowed, a collective of erudite and highly technical rappers who cut their teeth at open-mic workshops in South Central Los Angeles. While Nocando is a champion battle rapper (he won the 2007 Skribble Jam freestyle contest), Jimmy the Lock is more bizarre and personal than anyone could have expected. In a way the album is a mutant cousin to 808s & Heartbreak, Kanye’s strange and successful confessional. Both albums rely heavily on layers of frosty, teeth-rattling synthesizer, and both explore their authors’ tenuous emotional states. Jimmy the Lock is more insular of the two, but it’s also a more exciting listen. Nocando is a self-described “cool black nerd,” and like many hyper-literate yet under-appreciated rappers, he rails against the mainstream rap industry (“Hurry Up and Wait,” “Never Lie”), but he is much more interesting when he’s indulging his vices. The album’s centerpiece is “21,” undoubtedly the most gloriously hedonistic drug-induced sex rap you’re ever likely to hear.

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I've been following Nocando from his project Blowed battle days to the Impatient EP six years ago to his countless mixtapes to now and I guarantee you: no one in the LA underground scene right now has had a more storied path than him.

In the same vein as fellow blowdians VerBS and DumbFounDead, NoCan has garnered a grassroots following with a CanDo attitude that flies in the face of convention. Too many fellow emcees in the LA underground are content with mediocre success via mainstream style leanings and local shows to promote free mixtapes while the aforementioned named emcees have stepped out on faith to tour, promote and try new styles.

Jimmy The Lock ironically proves no different, in that it is the same I its uniqueness, indifferent to being different. With production from the likes of Thavius Beck who is more noted for his rock resume, and rhyme schemes and patterns that simply cannot be taught, NoCanDo makes it a point to find crossover success specifically by NOT forgetting who he is: a Blowdian.

Having been trained in the LA streets of hip hop for over a decade, this writer remembers a young wide eyed Jimmy the Lock traverse Leimert Park boulevards to battle the likes of Othawize (WINNER of the 97 rap olympics), DumbFounDead, Dirtbaf Dan, iron Solomon and other noted and storied hip hop luminaries. What has always set him apart is clearly where the argument starts: unlike most battle rappers, this #1-ranked 2007 Scribble Jam champion has had even greater success as a songwriter.

Whereas most battlers are mere "yo mamma" joke spitters who falter embarassingly whenever asked to do anything else, NoCanDo came out the gate swinging as early as his teens with the song "Where The Argument Starts" on his famed "Impatient Ep" debut. Only augmented by its rough around the edges style, this song was a hit in underground markets seemingly around the world. As a 10 year veteran moderator of a hugely noted hip hop web blog, grumblings of his unique talent were heard from distant continents as his buzz grew, only to be increased some years later with a world tour.

This album keeps the underground true, the low end THEORY is now FACT: the real west coast is back, but coming from the grizzly minds and lips of the least expected hip hop prophets.

NoCanDo has jimmied the proverbial lock to this movement.

Congrats bro......

This is the dopest album out there if u don't have it then u sleepin......Go Get This Album Now!!!!

This Album is Sick

Pretty much, if you don't cop this album you're fu*king up. Get it, got it, good. LOVE it. <3

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