New York emcee Homeboy Sandman comes through with a brand new full-length album titled Dusty. He’s an intricate and clever rapper who has released some great projects over the years such as Hallways (2014) and Kindness for Weakness (2016). His new project is 15 tracks and 34 minutes in length, showcasing his skills on the mic over interesting, blues and jazz influenced and sampled beats.
The intro “Morning Yawn” sets the tone for the album, with bass leads and keys that interlock and create this smooth and silky instrumental. From then on, the album brings heaps of soul and funk, through synth-heavy soulful production. Tracks like “Far Out” see Homeboy Sandman bring brilliant and engaging flows, with stellar lyricism and a brilliant instrumental. The trumpet leads on “Name” are pretty fantastic, and his lyrics are introspective and honest. He has maintained a level of raw energy throughout his music through poignant stories and intricate raps. On Dusty, he brings that same energy. The drums and percussion on “Yes Iyah” are hyper, bringing more upbeat energy. “Step Inside” and “Picture on the Wall” are other soulful and playful tracks. “Pussy” is a comedic track about the very topic of the title track, over a soulful beat. The guitar leads on “Live & Breathe” are pretty fantastic, while “Wondering Why” is a pretty engaging track. The only features on the entire release come from Quelle Chris and Your Old Droog on “Lookout.” It’s one of the highlights for me as it’s a cartoony yet hard-hitting track track with excellent features. Overall, this is another creative gem from the talented rapper, who continues to exceed expectations and earn his reputation as one of the illest rappers working today.
Listen to Homeboy Sandman’s new album Dusty below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via Mello Music Group.