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Jelani Lateef releases "Cold Days and Dark Nights - An album paying homage to rap legends.

 Jelani Lateef's mixtape is similar to artists in the 90s. Courtesy Photo

Jelani Lateef's mixtape is similar to artists in the 90s. Courtesy Photo

Jelani Lateef is killin the rap game. Originally from Chicago, Jelani has recently released his mixtape, "Cold Days and Dark Nights", which you can hear HERE for free for hip-hop enthusiasts. 

Mixing puns with enticing lyrics and smooth beats, Jelani Lateef has a style similar to Nate Dogg. "Cold Days and Dark Nights" is a follow up to the album of the same title released in April 2015.

 Check out the "Cold Days and Dark Nights" album. Courtesy Photo

Check out the "Cold Days and Dark Nights" album. Courtesy Photo

The "Cold Days Intro" gives listeners a glimpse of what to expect on the album. Each and every track is filled with catchy hooks and very thought out lyrics. Similar to childish Gambino the flow and style of Jelani Lateef is unmatched and one that is rarely seen with underground artist today.

Favorites on the album, "How it Feels" which has undertones of the late Notorious BIG and also "In God's Hands",produced by Deka Derse and features guest vocals of Fiyah Wayne, favors the beats and melody of rap in the early 90s. Throughout the album you will also hear him paying homage to his hometown. "One Life One Chance", is a song that is just about 'that' - having one life and one chance and simply making the best of this life. 

 Courtesy Photo

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The almost entirely self-produced album is raw, gritty, and is purely fire. It opens up and allows the listener to reflect back to when rap took actual talent and when rappers creatively rapped about important matters. It's encouraging and sends the message of making the best of any situation.

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