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Listen: Jon Laine, Number 9 EP

JonLaineKRS-ONE, Jay Z, and The Beatles. Blaxploitation flicks, nuclear holocaust protection, and Diet Coke. These are just a few of the things you'll hear referenced on producer Jon Laine's new 21-track EP, Number 9. The versatile release is his first project since 2011's GIANT, which paired local MCs with his drum-heavy beats.

For the most part, Laine goes at it alone on the instrumental Number 9, aside from Oddisee's looped name drop throughout the album, and Raekwon's sampled rhymes on "Kryptonite." Much like Laine's 2011 album MIV, Number 9 breezes by in a flurry of quick vignettes. The beats on MIV closely resembled J Dilla's production style; Number 9 feels like a Madlibesque collection of random vocal clips that pull from pop culture.

Number 9 is out today. Listen below.

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