• Jabbar – “luv don’t live here”

    Image via Jabbar

    Image via Jabbar

    New Orleans rapper Jabbar is the sort of rapper that should attract people who complain about a lack of substance or care in current hip-hop like moths to a flame. There’s so much happening in rap at the moment—so much variety and so much quality, regardless of what naysayers shout into Twitter echo chambers—that it’s easy and expected to miss songs like “luv don’t live here.” With his slight drawl and tightly coiled rapping, Jabbar gives a pulse to the melancholy recounting of his troubled childhood and the strength it took to reach adulthood.