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Hezekiah I Predict a Riot

  • Words: James Mayo
  • Label: Rawkus-Soulspazm
  • XLR8R Rating: 7.5/10

This Kaiser Chiefs-referencing, self-proclaimed skateboard geek from Delaware has produced a record of timeless soul-infused hip-hop. Showcasing an all-star roster of Philly talent, Hezekiah steps it up lyrically by dropping memorable raps ("If you ain't gotta prison record/You can't sell a record?") and amusing punch lines ("I got an African medallion/But it was made in China"). Hezekiah keeps pace with Freeway on "That Filling" and vocalist Jaguar Wright blesses "I See Yaw." The standout track is the Bilal-assisted "Looking Up," and though it might not incite a riot, on those trying days, you'll want to hear this again and again.

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