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Tuesday, Oct 11 2016 | 11:06
Image: 1606868 In today’s hip-hop landscape true virtuosity on the mic is rare.
So rare that when even when it’s apparent it can be quite literally
unbelievable. Rapper Your Old Droog knows this first hand.
On June 2014 the 25-year-old Brooklyn native released his first official
project, the Your Old Droog EP, a 10-track project he cooked up in
about a month with producers El RTNC and DJ Skizz. The project
was good—really good. So good it got the attention of bloggers all
over the web from New York Magazine’s Vulture to NahRight. The
problem however, was that Droog seemingly came out of nowhere.
No pictures, no YouTube videos, no Instagram account, no Twitter—
no way for the entitled, deep-diving rap fan of 2014 to see what this
guy was all about. All they had to go on was the music. Befuddled
by Y.O.D.’s high skill level yet low profile, rap fans’ imaginations ran
wild. Before long the conspiracy theories started and people began
to posit that Droog was another older, legendary New York rapper
in disguise. People argued about it on Reddit and made YouTube
documentaries about him, while fans of his EP waited for the
mysterious MC to show himself.
Profiled in the New Yorker, Droog set the record straight about who
he was and followed up with the first video of him rapping at his DJ’s
makeshift Brooklyn studio, all before making his debut to a sold out
crowd in NYC in September of that year. Given a rave review in the
New York Times, the performance proved that though his identity
had been mistaken by some his talent was unmistakable and his
impact on hip-hop was undeniable.
Droog later extended the EP for a deluxe retail version including eight
new songs. The debut has already made New York Times music
critic Jon Caramanica’s 10 Best Albums of 2014 list and landed at
No. 13 on Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Rap Albums of 2014 list.

1. Quiet Storm Interlude
2. Bad To The Bone
3. Nutty Bars
4. Loosey In The Store With
5. Good Times Are Hard To
Come By These Days
6. Droog’s Anthem
7. Gunsmoke Cologne
8. U 47
9. You Know What Time It Is
[Extended Version]
10. Bye Outro
11. Free Turkey
12. Loosey In The Store With
Pennies [Remix]
13. On The News
14. Boofanickoregs
15. The 70’s
16. Senseless Killing
17. 48th Street
18. Bad To The Bone (Remix)

• YOD’s first official project
• First Official Vinyl release in the US
• Named on 10 Best Albums of 2014 list by New York Times
music critic Jon Caramanica
• Landed at No. 13 on Rolling Stone’s 40 Best Rap Albums of
2014 Available from 04.11.2016
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