The Greatest Rapper Never: Preservation by Dice Raw on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for his extensive work with the Roots (he's appeared on every single one of their albums), North Philly MC Dice Raw is a longtime fan favorite, although this is his first proper solo album. The Greatest Rapper Never: Preservation is more like an EP at just seven tracks deep, but he hits a home run with each of them, fusing smart and introspective lyricism with strong production, solid hooks, and a tangible hunger that comes through in every song. Several joints reflect on his past, growing up and paying dues on "1995" and "Time Flies," while he gets his "I Used To Love H.E.R." on for the heartfelt ode to real hip-hop "Baby Come Home." Other standouts include the triumphant, horn-driven "Never," the frantic, guitar-laced single "100," and its remix, assembling a City of Brotherly Love dream team with Freeway, Schoolly D, EST, and Bionix.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for his extensive work with the Roots (he's appeared on every single one of their albums), North Philly MC Dice Raw is a longtime fan favorite, although this is his first proper solo album. The Greatest Rapper Never: Preservation is more like an EP at just seven tracks deep, but he hits a home run with each of them, fusing smart and introspective lyricism with strong production, solid hooks, and a tangible hunger that comes through in every song. Several joints reflect on his past, growing up and paying dues on "1995" and "Time Flies," while he gets his "I Used To Love H.E.R." on for the heartfelt ode to real hip-hop "Baby Come Home." Other standouts include the triumphant, horn-driven "Never," the frantic, guitar-laced single "100," and its remix, assembling a City of Brotherly Love dream team with Freeway, Schoolly D, EST, and Bionix.

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About Dice Raw

Despite his relatively young age, Philadelphia rapper Dice Raw is steeped in hip-hop history. A longtime protégé of Philadelphia group the Roots, he hooked up with the band while still in high school after Kelo, a member of the group's production team, spotted him in a local talent show. The group quickly took the young rapper under their collective wings and decided to bring his talent along slowly. He made his debut in "The Lesson, Pt. 1." Soon after, he made a name for himself with distinct cameos on "Adrenaline" and "Lockdown," where his hard-hitting style worked perfectly alongside the heady rhymes of Roots leader Black Thought. In 2000, Dice Raw released his first solo album, Reclaiming the Dead, for MCA. ~ Jon Azpiri

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