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Homeboy Sandman’s Mellow Single ‘The Plot Thickens’ Will Melt Your Mind

Stones Throw lyricist invites us to trace every word

Homeboy Sandman was among last year’s most unfortunately overlooked. The East Coast-bred Stones Throw signee released a slate of songs last year — via the Chimera EP and the First of a Living Breed LP — which ably demonstrated his wordy yet inviting microphone mastery, not to mention his knack for choosing warmly experimental beats. While those characteristics secured Homeboy a place on SPIN’s Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012, you won’t catch Sandman sleeping. He’s got a brand-new single out, aptly titled “The Plot Thickens.”

Brooklyn producer Keith Edward provides a backing track that’s both crackly with static and dank with underwater depth. Meanwhile, the MC floats his complex rhymes over the mix with the ease of a Frisbee toss: “I make tracks / Moving and grooving so cats assuming it’s sound / But I mean ‘making tracks’ like moving around.”

A couple of weeks back Homeboy Sandman shared the tongue-in-cheek “Not for Women,” and before that was the Jaylib (J Dilla and Madlib) collaboration “Richardsun.” Stones Throw says he’s got a new full-length coming in the spring. That one’s dubbed Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent.