Editors’ Notes A Brooklyn emcee who's been putting in work since the mid-'90s, Torae has seen his profile steadily rise over the years. After appearing on countless 12-inches, collaborations, and mixtapes, in 2009 he finally released his first album: the exceptional Double Barrel, produced entirely by Canada-to-Queens boom-bap specialist Marco Polo. Two years later, he's back with For the Record, enlisting a jaw-dropping dream team of behind-the-boards talent, including iconic heroes DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor, and Diamond D, plus next-generation torch-bearers Khrysis, !llmind, and Nottz. Where a lessor verbalist could easily find himself eclipsed by the V.I.P. beatmakers, Torae holds his own, coming correct with an avalanche of smart rhymes that focus mainly on bold bravado, self-reflection, and his steadfast dedication to true-school hip-hop. It's seriously banging from start to finish. Check out "That Raw," the conceptual "what if?" vibe of "Do the Math," and the post-breakup jam "Over You."

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Intro
1
1:43
 
Alive (feat. Wes)
2
3:49
 
You Ready?
3
4:16
 
What It Sound Like (feat. Pav Bundy)
4
3:43
 
Shakedown
5
3:06
 
That Raw
6
4:06
 
Do the Math
7
4:00
 
Changes
8
1:54
 
Over You (feat. Wes)
9
3:52
 
Imagine
10
3:01
 
Only Way (Interlude)
11
0:52
 
For the Record
12
3:41
 
Thank You
13
3:39
 
Reflection
14
3:38
 
Panorama (feat. MeLa Machinko)
15
3:18
 

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