New Trama ziptape

I love Trama's new ziptape (his term), Mr. T, hosted by comedian Boima Freeman (as the mohawked icon) and available for free download April 14 at No other rapper paints as vivid a picture in so few words, and if his long-awaited album is this good, expect big things.

Only disappointment: No samples of the real Mr. T's 1984 rap record, Mr. T's Commandments (Columbia/CBS Records). Listen to "The One and Only Mr. T" for a taste of that T (with more on Youtube)--he was definitely part of the pop-culture magic of '84. Trama plays the Dinkytowner Saturday, and debuts as a portrait artist at the Bloomingdale's gallery in the Mall of America starting April 17--that was him holding up his own painting of Nas at Nas's First Avenue show last year. I've written about Trama before here and here.

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