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Nike Nando Is Tired of Your “Put Me On” Pitches

Let the record show that Nike Nando is fed up. The Maryland rapper has been laboring away on the local hip-hop scene for years, so putmeonhard work is routine for him. That’s why he’s offended by shiftless artists searching for handouts, a nuisance he laments on "Put Me On." On the self-produced offering, Nando shares some words of wisdom for fellow rappers seeking the easy route: put some work in. "I don’t do no handouts, I don’t owe you nothin’/ So if I syce you once don’t always expect somethin’/ Get it on your own, get it how you live/ Get up off your ass, homie let me live."

"Put Me On" resonates with any music writer whose inbox gets blitzed by a seemingly nonstop flow of struggle rap, especially the stuff that comes from folks who aren't familiar with the blind copy function. There’s a special place in hell for those who don’t BCC, and I think Nando would agree.

Nando’s Icon: Lord of the Flyy is due out June 13. Listen to "Put Me On" below.

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