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Quake Matthews 

Corrado (Robin Steele)

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On Halifax rapper Quake Matthews’ third full-length album, Corrado, Fairview’s favourite son drops knowledge rivaling rappers twice his age. Starting off with the atmospheric “Feel,” Matthews swiftly attacks 14 tracks with Illmatic-era bravado, unleashing positively charged Beatles shoutouts (“Let It Be”), Marxist-levels of financial disillusionment (“I Hate Money,” “Lucy”) and heady trip-hop (“Old Ghosts”). Deploying his own brand of Jedi mind tricks, the self-appointed Corrado—Italian for bold, wise counsellor—stays true to his namesake, delivering poignant verses and self-aware introspection. And when the curtain draws on album finisher “Boy to a Man,” it’s clear the 24-year-old philosophical-phenom is really just beginning.

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