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Homeboy Sandman: First Of A Living Breed

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Fighting is in Homeboy Sandman's blood. As a teen growing up in Queens, he tussled with bouncers; he talks of his struggle to walk the straight and narrow. But winning comes to him just as naturally-his father, a heavyweight boxer who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to New York, never lost a fight. But in the match that would be his last, he watched his defeated opponent's father pick up his son's teeth scattered around the ring. Though unschooled, he did something-left boxing behind and became a community lawyer.

Homeboy's education, then, began early. Clearly his father's son, he's been a coach on MTV's MADE and went to law school before dropping out to become a schoolteacher instead. He emerged onto the hip-hop scene in 2007. By his second album, 2008's Actual Factual Pterodactyl, he was already being touted by XXL as having "sharp lyrics and an irresistibly melodic flow which, together, form an elastic instrument which few MCs can match."

Unlike many, he doesn't shy away from accepting the responsibility of being a role model. He calls his raps his "kids," and only sends the most prepared out into the world. Still, these are not monotonous lectures. As he says, "It's a big hoax that rap [has to be] about anything. It can be about a wardrobe, about plant life. If you're talented you can rap about anything and most of the nonsense in hip-hop actually comes down to a lack of talent."

First of a Living Breed, his first full-length release on Stones Throw, only solidifies Homeboy's reputation in New York's grassroots hip-hop world as a rapper with a penchant for weaving witticism into even his most serious messages. In fact, Rolling Stone, who recently branded him an "artist to watch," praised him as being an MC with a "skill for wordplay that keeps you hooked."

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1. Rain
Producer: Jonwayne
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2. Watchu Want From Me?
Producer: Oddisee
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3. Couple Bars (Honey, Sugar, Darling, Sweetie, Baby, Boo)
Producer: J57 (of Brown Bag AllStars)
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4. Sputnik
Producer: Howard Lloyd
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5. Illuminati
Producer: J57 (of Brown Bag AllStars)
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6. 4 Corners
Producer: Invisible Think
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7. For The Kids
featuring Chace Infinite (of Self Scientific)
Producer: 6th Sense
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8. Cedar & Sedgwick
Producer: Rthentic RTNC
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9. Mine All Mine
Producer: 2 Hungry Bros (Deep + Ben Boogz)
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10. Not Really
Producer: Jonwayne
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11. The Ancient
Producer: Reality
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12. Eclipsed
Producer: Rthentic RTNC
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13. First Of A Living Breed
Producer: Oh No
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14. Let's Get 'Em
Producer: Rthentic RTNC
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4.3 Stars (4.3 Stars )
Total Comments: 27
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/28/2014 6:47:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: your moms basement
Comment: Album of the Decade!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/19/2013 9:08:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az/ hell
Comment: Son then stepped his game up! I like this one waaay better than his first joint! Homey got ILL lyrics and RAW azz beats! This maybe tha dopest cd that I done heard in a minute and I breathe, live and SHIT hip hop all day, EVERYDAY! Believe DAT!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/20/2013 8:32:00 PM; Partial IP: 189.189.81)
Location: o h
Comment: still lovin this sandman! the eps were sick, but this cd is sicker and I didn't know that was chace on there, nice!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/11/2012 5:45:00 PM; Partial IP: 22.124.239)
Location: thewoods
Comment: yo shapeless I feel you but give this shit a few more listens. hs goes in. THIS IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY EMCEEING IN ITS HIGHEST FORM. can I get a hs percee p collab album called flowin prose
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/15/2012 11:46:00 PM; Partial IP: 27.219.207)
Location: Houston, TX
Comment: One of the most complex and interesting albums in years. Homeboy Sandman is ill as fuck.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/1/2012 3:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 24.111.157)
Location: Leicester UK
Comment: Some nice tracks on here, more "nod your head" than "pump ya first" . I got vinyl purely for Watchu Want, which is the main banger on here. Filler tracks hold back what this might have been. Disappointed that New York Nights was left off for the Stones Throw Serato set, which I now must get.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/8/2012 9:54:00 PM; Partial IP: .22.240.17)
Location: Maryland
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/2/2012 7:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 225.168.75)
Location: Philly
Comment: the first 17 times you listen to HBS, it goes over your head. the 18th time you realize he's probably the best emcee of this century
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/29/2012 11:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 03.223.182)
Location: green bay
Comment: Just to clear up the stupid review "beh-beh-beh" gave, only 2 out of 14 songs appear on the 2 eps earlier this year. for him to suggest we purchase the other 12 songs on the album as single mp3s on iTunes would cost $11.88. the whole album on iTunes bought as one cost $8.99.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/27/2012 2:04:00 PM; Partial IP: .33.251.64)
Location: BMORE
Comment: THis is a crazy album from a insanely original rapper. I didn't get the CD at first. Went to his show and now I understand. Homeboy Sandman live is fantastic. CHeck him out in concert and I guarantee you will cop the album and enjoy it.
Name: (Posted: 9/25/2012 4:38:00 AM; Partial IP: 126.170.61)
Location: bayfornia
Comment: For the kids hook hurt my ears.... Hook on ancient was forced....ingenuine....horrible hooks... Illuminatti fresh all way thru.... First of a living breed...aweful hook...painfully horrible.... Thats all I four or five a these comments are the guys mom undercover.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/22/2012 12:16:00 AM; Partial IP: 08.208.177)
Location: Palm Beach Garden, Florida
Comment: Homeboy Sandman is no doubt one of the most important figure in the independent Hip Hop scene and this album still prove to be the case. Again despite some shortcoming production, it doesn't stop how great the diverse creative subject matters and style this MC put together. Amazing job.
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 9/21/2012 7:10:00 PM; Partial IP: .87.95.132)
Location: KC
Comment: Man I dont even know how this guy got signed to Stones Throw. Its innovative as far as bad raps and music goes. Hated everything on this album. Its like a attempt at councious hiphop while turning out wacker than Necro's new album haha. Sorry just not feelin it.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/17/2012 9:16:00 PM; Partial IP: 10.207.138)
Location: Victoria, BC
Comment: I aint gonna lie...I love this...
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/15/2012 9:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 163.129.21)
Location: PA Native
Comment: This is groundbreaking and outside the box. For the Kids is too dope!
Name: (Posted: 9/13/2012 6:17:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Denver
Comment: This dude is nice. I still have to cop this.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/12/2012 10:13:00 AM; Partial IP: .71.123.36)
Location: North Carolina
Comment: Damn!. this album is has just blew my mind away. I mean both of his ep's were the shit. but this album tops everything. peace to Homeboy Sandman.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 9/11/2012 8:25:00 PM; Partial IP: 111.14.162)
Location: beh-beh-beh
Comment: if you have the 2 ep's that released this year already, there's only like 4 good songs left on this. i'll be purchasing the mp3's of those tracks and leave it at that, not worth $14+.
Name: (Posted: 9/11/2012 10:54:00 AM; Partial IP: .129.187.2)
Location: NY
Name: (Posted: 9/7/2012 10:57:00 PM; Partial IP: .41.84.237)
Location: nyc
Comment: Sounds good... I have been digging the mp3 of Whatchu Want (too bad Oddisee didn't do a verse) and def getting the album - these sound pretty good
Name: (Posted: 9/7/2012 5:45:00 AM; Partial IP: .74.94.160)
Location: Netherlands
Comment: Positive and witty raps backed by necksnapping beats most of the time. You need this man in your life if you like quality rap. Cause this man needs to be made the most famous underground rapper ever. I cant wait to get my hands on this album. Sandman all the way. Gun Control great song, check it out. A true MC, one of the last it seems....
Name: (Posted: 9/6/2012 4:41:00 PM; Partial IP: .166.64.90)
Location: Boulder
Comment: This is coming out right after Borderlands 2! I'm killing fuckers in the future to the future of rap!
Name: (Posted: 9/1/2012 7:02:00 AM; Partial IP: 197.152.39)
Location: marseille
Comment: boring except da last song "lets get em"
Name: (Posted: 8/31/2012 1:15:00 AM; Partial IP: 08.208.177)
Location: Palm Beach Garden, Florida
Comment: Heard the snippets and oh sh*t...sound sooo good. "Illuminati" track is amazing. Homeboy Sandman is no doubt a man with such genuine honest heart that you rarely hear from many rappers these days. Good job, I'll definitely cop this.
Name: (Posted: 8/25/2012 6:30:00 PM; Partial IP: .66.35.100)
Location: victoria b.c.
Comment: ya man one of the dopest in the game sand spits
Name: (Posted: 8/21/2012 5:39:00 PM; Partial IP: 254.133.93)
Location: Duke City
Comment: Homeboy Sand! chea!
Name: (Posted: 8/5/2012 6:27:00 PM; Partial IP: 168.108.29)
Location: The Pot
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