11 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A lot happened to Lute in the five years after dropping his West 1996 mixtape. He had a daughter, got signed to J. Cole’s record label, and in 2017, finally released West 1996, Pt. 2, his studio debut. Lined with old-school beats that nod to golden-age hip-hop, Lute is ready to reclaim his throne on the opening boom bap of “Morning Shift,” while “Still Slummin’” spins a J Dilla groove as the North Carolina rapper gets sweet and soulful.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A lot happened to Lute in the five years after dropping his West 1996 mixtape. He had a daughter, got signed to J. Cole’s record label, and in 2017, finally released West 1996, Pt. 2, his studio debut. Lined with old-school beats that nod to golden-age hip-hop, Lute is ready to reclaim his throne on the opening boom bap of “Morning Shift,” while “Still Slummin’” spins a J Dilla groove as the North Carolina rapper gets sweet and soulful.

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