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D.C. has never had a dearth of hip-hop talent—-only hip-hop identity. One. One. Ten., the new album from X.O., doesn’t exactly stake out a new DMV aesthetic, but its subtleties and strengths makes it a compelling statement from the young rapper. In his review in this week’s City Paper, Andrew Noz writes:
One. One. Ten, his second proper full-length for Studio 43 (the area label that first put out Wale), plays like a stream-of-consciousness love letter to D.C.—quite literally, in fact, in the case of “City Loves Me Back,” a checklist of the city’s underground and black touchstones, from graffiti legend Cool “Disco” Dan and mambo sauce to one-time drug kingpin Cornell Jones and the legendary go-go venue Ibex.