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It doesn’t take long to discover the real yU, the understated musician who cares deeply about things closest to him—-family, close friends, and providing for his kids. That spirit shines through yU’s music, whether he recalls his Suitland, Md., roots or spits aggressive survival rhymes with Diamond District comrades Oddisee and Uptown XO.

Released today, yU pays homage to his late father, Michael Willingham, Sr., on “Never Burning Out,” the drum-heavy first single from producer Drew Dave‘s forthcoming EP, Sumthin Slight. yU’s father passed away on Father’s Day this year. “The song reminds me of how he’d break things down to me,” yU says in a press release. “Of how he didn’t exactly understand my world, being 18 years older than I, but by principle, we still found things that we could relate on. As people, we all are different, but still very similar when u get to the root of things.”

Let this be a precursor to the fall, when Diamond District’s March on Washington and the 1978ersPeople of Today are slated to drop.

Stream “Never Burning Out” after the jump.

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Deputat