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This week: Tzarizm

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“During a period in which I hadn’t listened to much hip-hop, Blu and Exile released an unmixed and un-mastered downloadable version of their album Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them at Bandcamp. This is considered a sequel to their cult classic Below the Heavens, which is one of my favorite albums of all time. The chemistry between these two, musically, is extraordinary and heavy. Blu and Exile are on my list of super emcee-producer duos like DJ Premier and Guru, Pete Rock and CL Smooth or Madlib and MF Doom. The soundscape of Give Me My Flowers is what fans of their first album would want. I have been listening to it nonstop since it dropped and will purchase a physical copy when or if it is available for retail as well.”

Hip-hop artist Tzarizm celebrates the release of his EP, [DAY] Dream (available at iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp), with a release party 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Back Booth with Planet Asia, Tri-State, Wordsworth, Brownstudy and DII. Admission is $8. Visit tzarizm.net for more information.

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