yU, 1/3 of the DMV’s Diamond District is readying the release of his solo album, Before Taxes. Slated for an April 13th release date via Mello Music Group, Before Taxes is yU’s response to hip-hop’s creative recession if you will; he describes, “hip-hop's golden era of boom-bap greatness as being akin to one's personal finances... before taxes, that is.” Subsequently, and as a result, this well-versed emcee has taken it upon himself to replenish the listeners pocket and flood their ears with a “rich cultural currency” of unbridled hip-hop. Opting to take an experimental approach in terms of the album’s soundscape, yU enlists the likes of Bilal Salaam, SlimKat, Finale, Grap Luva, Kev Brown and Oddisee for this recession-proof LP. Before Taxes stands as one of two release for yU this year; as TheEARN,his follow up is tentatively scheduled for release in the fall.
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