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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana's Quadry populates his raps with the sort of detailed, world-weary observations of an old soul—a young man channeling forebears like the Goodie Mob and Witchdoctor whose music often felt like a quest for spiritual and emotional truths in a world designed to destroy them.

    Though Quadry's music isn't overtly political, its autobiographic content takes on added weight against the backdrop of this month's killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. His debut album America, Me positions his narrative as a quintessential American story—one of poverty, of love and loss, of small daily triumphs, and greatest victory of all: survival. His self-awareness, able rapping, and ability to channel personal experience into relatable portions make for compelling listening, particularly when wedded with the production of primary collaborator Tev'n.

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