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Blue Collar

It was Sprite’s old ad campaign that coined the phrase “Image is nothing. Thirst is everything.” Well, in the case of Rhymefest, his thirst for hip-hop immortality holds paramount over any “backpacker” label. Proving that you can’t judge a book by its cover, the Chi-Town native loads his debut LP, Blue Collar, with clever punch lines and oodles of personality that defy expectations. Sticking to the ethos of the album’s title, ’Fest speaks on the everyday struggles of the common man throughout. Songs like the Emile-produced “All I Do” has him breaking down his troubled upbringing in poverty before emphatically stating, ...

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