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IT’S HERE! Four years since The R.E.B.I.R.T.H. One Be Lo, half of the legendary Binary Star and one of the best MCs around, drops L.A.B.O.R. (Language Arts Based On Reality). And it’s always easy and cliched to say that something is worth the wait. But this, 33 tracks deep, was. Dope driving beats, concious lyrics and punchlines for days.
L.A.B.O.R. is arguably OneBeLo’s most cohesive album yet. An acronym for Language Arts Based On Reality and another play on the birth concept before B.A.B.Y., the disc sees Lo cleverly using a theme of animals and occupations to metaphorically convey an assortment of issues, storylines and displays of lyricism. “Pigs” speaks on corrupt law enforcement, “Ox Y Moron” shows the highs and lows of upgrading your bank account, and “The G.O.A.T.” sees him examining the ins and outs of peoples’ interpretations of God, or “the greatest of all time.” On the stylish tip, he slyly uses “WILdeBEEST” to showcase elaborate wordplay of “will/wheel.”