HipHopDX Premiere – Pablo Picasso once said the purpose of art is to wash the “dust of daily life off our souls.” On Homeboy Sandman’s forthcoming album Dusty, he asks, “Why would I complain when I’m alive making art?”

For the Mello Music Group debut, the Queens MC answers that question with several confessionals that “sweep the entropy and daily static, the distortion and psychic silt of modern life onto wax,” as described in the press release.

Ahead of the project’s arrival, Homeboy has shared a new visual for “Noteworthy,” one of the 15 tracks on the Mono En Stereo-produced album. The song finds Homebody suffering from insomnia as he tries to figure out which rules to break and risks to take. He proposes toasts for the spirits and ghosts while flipping old MC Lyte lyrics into modern-day koans.

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Homeboy spoke about making the album in a recent interview with HipHopDX.

“I was in a great place when I made [Dusty] — I felt a lot of contentment and a lot of joy,” he said. “Earlier in my career there was a ‘This dude is a very bizarre person’ aura that surrounded me … I was comfortable with it. But over time, I have felt like that I’m a little too out there.

“On a personal level — not that I’m too out there for people listening to my music. I’d be like, ‘Is this healthy?’ There are parts of me, parts of my psyche and my identity — my id — that I kept in check for a long time, you know. I’m allowing those to flourish and surface.”

Dusty is expected to arrive on Friday (October 18). Until then, check out the “Noteworthy” video up top and pre-order the album here.