Hear Nocando's Smooth, Dam-Funk-Produced 'Lucid Dream'

L.A. rapper releases second single off 'Jimmy the Burnout,' due March 18

Brandon Soderberg WRITTEN BY
Brandon Soderberg

Los Angeles rapper Nocando is the host of the incredibly influential trippy hip-hop night Low End Theory and founder of Hellfyre Club, a label and collective of oddball rap picking up where Freestyle Fellowship left off. On his newest release, the rapper teams up with '80s boogie retrofitting hero Dam-Funk for "Lucid Dream," a smoothed-out single from his upcoming album Jimmy the Burnout. Featuring Dam's signature slowly stumbling drums, a warm bed of spacey, sexy synthesizers, and accompanied by a honeyed hook from Piatra Hawkins, "Lucid Dream" could sneak by without Nocando's rhymes. And so, it takes a special kind of eccentric talent to stuff rhymes inside this retrolicious groove, a feat which Nocando does expertly. He shouts out Souls of Mischief's '93 Til' Infinity, recalls his career's ups and downs, rejects rap's obnoxious molly-poppin' and hit-chasing trends, and yearns to be more "pacifistic."

"Lucid Dream" appears on Nocando's Jimmy the Burnout due out March 18 on Hellfyre Club. Listen to the track below.

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