Subject: Matter [EP]

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Subject: Matter [EP]

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Subject: Matter [EP] by Homeboy Sandman

Release Date: Jan 24, 2012
Record label: Stones Throw
Genre(s): Rap

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Subject: Matter [EP] - Excellent, Based on 3 Critics

Rolling Stone - 100
Based on rating 5/5
100

"Many things you hear and you see/Are not what they appear to be,” says Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman on his new EP. It could be his motto. He’s a musical trompe l’oeil artist: His beats build up steam, then take hairpin turns into abstraction; his rhymes start out as straight forward boasts and veer into politics ("Illuminati"), linguistics ("Cops Get Scared of Me") and feeding the needy ("Canned Goods").

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Pitchfork - 77
Based on rating 7.7/10
77

The old order of Underground Rap went rudderless for a variety of reasons. Illegal downloading ruptured the already weak tendons of small independent labels. Fans favored 1990s nostalgia over out-there artistry. Top producers got tired of dealing with rap-biz bullshit and opted for MC-free experimentations with jazz, soul, and electronic.

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HipHopDX - 70
Based on rating 3.5/5
70

In the evolution of Homeboy Sandman, 2010 witnessed the Queens, New York emcee ascend from a must-see local live act to a proven studio artist with breakaway album, The Good Sun. A perfectionist with intricate globally-reactive songwriting, the last year saw limited material from HBS. However after inking a deal with independent Hip Hop mainstay Stones Throw Records, the AOK member snuck out a digital/vinyl EP in Subject:Matter that alludes to evolving sounds with his remarkable signature writing style.

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