HipHopDX Premiere: Boston rap duo Blak Madeen has blown the lid off its One Second To Pray EP featuring underground rap vet Edo. G, Grand Daddy I.U. and West Coast Kam, among others. To mark the occasion, the masterminds behind the project — proud Muslim rappers Al-J and Yusuf Abdul-Mateen — have dropped the video for “Man Of Peace” with the aforementioned Edo. G.
Directed by Myster DL, the visual shines with their classic boom-bap Hip Hop, DJ Slipwax cuts and the duo’s rhyming prowess. It easily stands out among the homogenized rap that often infiltrates the mainstream, a very conscious choice on their behalf.
“We don’t fit in any particular clique and we don’t try to,” Yusuf explained in a press release. “We just enjoy making the music, and putting it ourselves. Whatever happens, happens.”
One Second To Pray follows Blak Madeen’s full-length project Supreme Aftermath, which they released in 2016.
Check out the One Second To Pray album stream, cover art and tracklist below.
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1. One Second to Pray
2. Out of Place f. Grand Daddy I.U.
3. Men of Peace f. Edo. G
4. Windows f. Divine Styler & Rite Hook
5. On the Edge
6. Industry Doors f. West Coast Kam & DJ Slipwax
7. The Sum Up