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Jack the Rapper




Fans of San Antonio Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson’s off-court poetics will have to wait another month for his official debut album Jack of All Trades. Originally scheduled for release on September 25, the LP has been pushed back to October 30 for promotional reasons, and will now drop on the eve of the NBA’s opening night. Packed with 18 trill themed tracks, Stak5’s latest effort features hip hop heavyweights like Scarface, Bun B, Paul Wall, Big Krit, and The Game, along with NBA ballers Lou Williams and Kevin Durant.

Stak5’s manager Hot Rod provided the Current with a handful of tracks from Jack of All Trades which offer a nice snapshot from the forthcoming release. On “Dreamin,” Jackson opines on the dream of playing pro-hoops and transitioning to the music biz. “OTS Flow” introduces Jackson’s super group, the Original Trill Squad, comprised of Pepa Spray, Messiah, Telo, and B. Lean. Two of Atlanta’s rising stars 2win and Alley Boy are featured on the bouncy “We On It,” and “Bang Bang” is an up-tempo record that according to Hot Rod has “clubs going crazy.”

The album’s closer and easily the standout of these preview tracks is “Fall Out” which was produced by Grade A and features verses from Scagga Lee and The HavKnots. Identified by Hot Rod as the next single, the cut has already been making its way across the airwaves and showcases a confident Stak5 swimming in a syrupy chorus. On previous projects, Jackson has elevated his hip-hop game to match that of his competition inside the vocal booth which bodes well for the rest of Jack of All Trades. After recently dismissing a roll call of ballers turned rappers including Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, Metta World Peace, Iman Shumpert, and yes, Tony Parker as “wack,” the lyrical bars have officially been lifted.

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