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Z-Ro Turns a Mirror Toward Himself on ‘Melting the Crown’

Z-Ro doesn’t leave much to interpretation. His songs are almost always tragically or hilariously to the point, and often both. On his latest album Melting The Crown, the Houston underdog balances the ups and down with the help of a new instrument-forward production team. The new record is a follow-up to last year’s The Crown, and this time around Z-Ro gave similarly short notice of its release. Quietly implicit in both cases has been the rapper’s official departure from his longtime label, the tenacious Houston institution Rap-A-Lot Records. Z, who prefers the more cumbersome but appropriately-eccentric handle The Mo City Don ...

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