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The Breaks returns this week with a plethora of information about Logic’s debut album, as well as new music from Diamond District, Rob Regal, Nike Nando and Prince Akeem.

Details on Logic’s Debut Album
After going most of the summer without any updates about Logic’s album, fans and critics alike have been bombarded with information about it in recent weeks. Earlier this month, the title (Under Pressure) and its artwork were revealed. This was followed by the release of the self-titled lead single, as well as the album’s release date, which is scheduled for Oct. 21. 

The most recent detail is the album’s tracklist. There are 12 tracks; no features seem to be mentioned. No word on if that’s confirmed or if Logic just wants to keep the surprises to himself right now, but with less than a month until the release of his album, that information is sure to surface in the coming weeks.

Now, back to “Under Pressure.” Produced by Logic himself, it mixes a recognizable Eazy-E sample with a hard kick and sharp snares while the Montgomery County rapper reflects on the experiences which shaped his view of the world and pushed him into hip-hop.

Musically, “Under Pressure” is a strong showing, as well as an indicator of the direction Logic is headed on his debut. Next up? The video.

Parting note: That Sandlot T-shirt is amazing.

More from Diamond District
Marcus J. Moore’s cover story on D.C. hip-hop trio Diamond District was invigorating, and the music they’re releasing in its wake is the proper follow-up. “Lost Cause,” the follow-up to “First Step,” is a bit outside of what fans are probably are accustomed to hearing from the group, but from the 30-second mark on, it’s sure to induce non-stop head-nodding.

Driven by prominent samples, “Lost Cause” finds Diamond District reflecting on hurdling obstacles. That’s almost metaphoric, as the group faces their biggest obstacle: the five-year gap in time since its last project. Still, the beat’s vintage sound will have listeners feeling like they’re riding in Shaft’s 1972 Satellite Sebring. Friendly reminder: Diamond District’s March on Washington is due out Oct. 14.

In addition, yU and Slimkat—-better known as the 1978ers—-released “One Nine 7-T-8” from their upcoming People of Today album. The live instrumentation really brings this ode to the year they were born to life, especially the percussion. Look out for that album on Nov. 11.

New Rob Regal
Rob Regal, the PG County rapper formerly known as Lyriciss, is forging ahead while using his real name. He addresses this in the opening bars of his newest release, “Number One”: “Lyriciss alive but I chose to use my name, though.” Regal then proceeds to explain that he dropped the moniker because he didn’t want people pre-judging him as an artist before listening to his music. Truth be told, he shouldn’t be classified as anything other than a good MC, which “Number One” reinforces. The combination of Regal’s lyrics and production from SuperDopeBeats make this one a must-listen. Look out for his next project, The Reflection, which is slated to be released this fall.

Nike Nando and Prince Akeem
Never one to take too much time off, Nike Nando is back in the studio just three months after releasing his ICON: Lord of the Flyy project. His latest release is “Straight Flame,” a collaboration with Prince Akeem. Produced by Eskay, it’s the first leak from the untitled EP they’re working on. The duo exhibit constant energy here, no doubt a preview of what the upcoming project holds.

Luke James at the Hamilton Live
New Orleans-based singer Luke James is performing back to back shows at the Hamilton Live tonight. The first show is at 7:30 p.m., and the second is at 10 p.m. More information here.