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Their lyrical cadences and subject matter couldn’t be more different. Laelo—-a member of the D.C.-based InnerLoop imprint with K-BETA, J-Scrilla and others—-discusses addiction and his love of smoking weed, among other things. His album Fuck The World, released yesterday, is a gritty, murderous rampage in which no topic or person is safe, and light-hearted listeners aren’t allowed.
PHZ-Sicks, a Woodbridge, Va., native, is more alternative in his approach, fusing live instruments with electronic production, resulting in an expansive hip-hop landscape. His new mixtape, The Laws of PHZ-Sicks, has already gotten some attention from this blog. The project, which dropped today, is breezy at some points and stubbornly persistent at others.