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New Year Means New Music From Laelo Hood and PHZ-Sicks

DMV MCs Laelo Hood and PHZ-Sicks didn't waste time once the ball dropped, dropping new projects less than a week into the new year.

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.

Laelo's album is for sale. PHZ-Sicks' album is free. Happy listening, folks!

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