Admittedly, my musical palette these days includes less “conscious rap” than it ever has before, but it’s that kind of stuff that really was a big part in why I fell in love with hip hop. Especially in 2020, because that type of stuff has been done so many times before, a rapper’s gotta really come with something special to perk my ears up but DC native LB199X surely did. This man’s got it all down and some real knowledge to bleed onto these records. That being this beautiful new 5-track EP Color Us. It dropped back in December but I only recently got familiar with the music. LB199X has a really gripping, dexterous flow that sincerely has me glued to his words. My only gripe is that it can be preachy in moments but when I’m in the mood for some amazing rap music, this guy’s got it. Go ahead and take a listen to the project below.