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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.

Customer Reviews

Once again-gain......

Yet another SUPERB sure shot masterpiece from Homeboy Sand!! Don't sleep if you love Hip-Hop! Just get it and get up & get down!


I had the pleasure of Mixing this Fabulous album. Sandman is a superb Lyricist and EL RTNC is a magician with the beats!!!! DaveDar


With every project this guy gets better. Don't sleep on this project. Lyrics are fire and beats bang. If you have the chance to see this guy live go. He's an incredible performer.


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '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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