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Jackie Chain, Bruce Lean Chronicles

Earlier this year, Jackie Chain released the spins-inducing After Hours, a project driven by woozy synths and recreational pill popping anecdotes. Last week’s release, Bruce Lean Chronicles, reproduces much of the same—though a willingness to step outside of the seedy nightclub ambiance this time presents the Huntsville, Alabama rapper as more than his reckless party boy reputation would lead you to believe. The Diplo-produced “First Love” is an amazingly clever ode to marijuana that only subtlety reveals itself as Chain recalls his first 8th grade encounter, to the difficulties arisen once the love affair made the turn into an across-state-lines ...

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