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Review: Mic Stew’s The Big L Mixtape: Hello My Name is Michael Stewart

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Artwork courtesy of the artist

Philly MC Mic Stew is more than a rapper, he’s a passionate lyricist with talent well beyond his years. His latest offering The Big L Mixtape: Hello My Name is Michael Stewart is equal parts homage to a late hip-hop legend and Stew showcasing his undeniable skills.

If you’re unfamiliar with Big L, Mic Stew doesn’t leave you in the dark; he includes 30 second verses from Big L classics like “’90 Freestyle”, “Ebonics”, “MVP”, and “Put It On” on the 13-track set as well as clips from interviews of Jay-Z and Lord Finesse speaking on his talent. On “All Black” he declares: “Giving up is a pipe dream…” an ironic statement to silence those who doubt his future. His “2014 Freestyle” finds him “…with the ’94 Nas flow, Illmatic with it don’t forget it”, another nod to a hip-hop hero and his work. Over old school hip-hop beats, Mic Stew works off the genius of his fallen rap idol to lay down hard-hitting verses that exhibit his own. Stream and download The Big L Mixtape below.

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Watch: Mic Stewart’s new video for “I’m Not From Brooklyn”

micstew2012 Philly rapper Mic Stewart has been rapping for about a decade and releases his new album, PEACEWORLD, on April 23rd. The record features guest appearances from Chill Moody, Selina Carrera, and DJ Damage. Last year he was named the Red Bull Emsee National Freestyle Champion in a competition judged by some heavy hitters including DJ Premier, David Banner and Big K.R.I.T. Known for his legendary Temple University Bell Tower freestyle performances like this, he recently released the first single and video for “I’m Not From Brooklyn,” from his forthcoming album. It’s got a non-stop funky old school vibe that’s fresh and deserving of repeated listenings.

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Black Thought and J.Period performing with Reef the Lost Cauze, Mic Stew and Rowboat Casino at The Blockley on December 29th

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Here’s a hip-hop show you don’t want to miss. Black Thought of the legendary Roots crew and J.Period The Mixtape Assassin are performing at The Blockley on Saturday, December 29th with Reef The Lost Cauze, Mic Stew and Rowboat Casino. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, sample some of the goods including Reef’s Key Studio video session, the J.Period produced “In The Ghetto (Wake Up!)” featuring Black Thought, Rakim and John Legend and “What Is Hip Hop” by Mic Stew.

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