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D.C.-based politically and socially conscious hip-hop band The Cornel West Theory dropped its latest mixtape this morning. The group released its debut album, Second Rome, last year, and and its namesake, the public intellectual and Princeton African American Studies professor Cornel West, to appear on a few tracks.
In Her Hands: Embryo Capital Vol. 1 has a very old-school sound. “K.N.O.W.” is built around a mournful soul sample, while “Hustler’s Boogie”—-which you can read more about in this week’s One Track Mind column—-has an ’80s sound and themes drawn from the height of D.C.’s crack epidemic. Elsewhere, the mixtape contains a live performance of “Captives” at the Black Cat, as well as another appearance by West on “Prophetic Suicide Pt. 1.”
The Cornel West Theory performs at the Black Cat Saturday with Diamond District. Grab the mixtape for free from All Our Noise.