Mestizo Dream State

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Mestizo first established his musical career in Chicago, but as his new album proves, this Bay Area native (now in L.A.) is all about the Cali state of mind. Produced entirely by S.F.’s Julian Code (Sean Julian and DJ Morse Code), Dream State radiates West Coast appeal with its chill, SP12-born beats and Mestizo’s stream-of-consciousness raps about life in the Golden State. “Solid Gold” is especially compelling as he offers quick snapshots of his past, being jumped into a gang and spending entire days freestyling in East Oakland ciphers. When this MC further develops his narratives, like on “Rosie,” they’re somewhat solemn but no less stimulating. This ode to California just may be Mestizo’s best work yet.