8 Songs, 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

An underground favorite with a deliberately oddball rhyme style that's simultaneously monotone and meandering, Homeboy Sandman is a Queens rapper who hit the scene in 2007. Embraced by bloggers and heads alike, he's released a gang of high-quality material over the past six years, including Actual Factual Pterodactyl, First of a Living Breed, and Subject Matter. Signed to the forward-thinking Cali label Stones Throw, he returns with Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent. It's a concept album that pays homage to the old-school pioneer, set to thoroughly funky, sample-driven production from El RTNC (a.k.a. Rthentic). Though this is only eight tracks deep, Homeboy's ultra-dense, seriously layered wordplay impresses throughout, as do the genre-twisting loops and minimalist drums. "My Brothers" calls for more positivity in hip-hop and life in general. "Men Are Mortal" shouts out Marcus Camby and Orson Welles, while "Dag, Philly Too" is a straight-up funked-out headbanger.

EDITORS’ NOTES

An underground favorite with a deliberately oddball rhyme style that's simultaneously monotone and meandering, Homeboy Sandman is a Queens rapper who hit the scene in 2007. Embraced by bloggers and heads alike, he's released a gang of high-quality material over the past six years, including Actual Factual Pterodactyl, First of a Living Breed, and Subject Matter. Signed to the forward-thinking Cali label Stones Throw, he returns with Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent. It's a concept album that pays homage to the old-school pioneer, set to thoroughly funky, sample-driven production from El RTNC (a.k.a. Rthentic). Though this is only eight tracks deep, Homeboy's ultra-dense, seriously layered wordplay impresses throughout, as do the genre-twisting loops and minimalist drums. "My Brothers" calls for more positivity in hip-hop and life in general. "Men Are Mortal" shouts out Marcus Camby and Orson Welles, while "Dag, Philly Too" is a straight-up funked-out headbanger.

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About Homeboy Sandman

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 Nourishment 2 (Second Helpings) expanded the EP to album length, his official debut album, Actual Factual Pterodactyl, followed in 2008. DJ Spinna and Ski Beats would both lend a hand to his 2010 album, The Good Son, released the same year that Sandman would be featured as an aspiring rapper's mentor on the MTV reality television series Made. In 2011 he signed with Stones Throw and released the Subject: Matter EP. His first full-length for the label, 2012's First of a Living Breed, featured production from the likes of Oh No, rthentic RTNC, Oddisee, and Jonwayne. Oh No was joined by Blu and DJ Spinna on the 2014 album Hallways while that year's EP, White Sands, was produced by Paul White. White returned for the 2016 LP Kindness for Weakness, which also featured production from RJD2, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Large Professor. ~ David Jeffries

  • ORIGIN
    Queens, New York, NY
  • GENRE
    Hip-Hop/Rap
  • BORN
    September 24, 1980

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