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Devin the Dude Landing Gear

Houston hemp-hopper Devin the Dude has one of rap’s best personalities–right up there with Biz Markie and Flavor Flav. Somehow, Devin’s laid-back, somewhat humorous, regular-guy-just-tryna-get-high shtick never gets tired, and Landing Gear’s mostly midtempo, subtly soulful grooves take him to his destination. Sparse beats place the emphasis squarely on Devin’s sublimely stoned delivery, and on tracks like “I Can’t Make It Home,” “Let Me Know It’s Real,” and “I Don’t Chase ’Em (feat. Snoop Dogg),” the perennial underdog makes a strong case for much wider appreciation without going over-the-top commercial. If you’re looking for something chill to listen to while you get your smoke on, it’s hard to go wrong here.

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