Yesterday, longtime Roots affiliate Dice Raw dropped his latest single “Dining Alone”, a simmering synthesizer-led number with a pointed rap at its centerpiece.
The song and its unique sound came about in collaboration with Khari Mateen, another member of the Roots crew who produced two tracks on their brilliant 2011 LP Undun (“The Otherside” and the popular single “Make My”).
“Dining Alone,” which you can download below, will be featured on Dice Raw’s upcoming solo full-length, The Greatest Rapper Never: The Transformation, due out later this year on his own Raw Life label.
You might know him as a longtime affiliate of The Legendary Roots Crew, but Dice Raw also has a sharp ear for up-and-coming talent in the city. Today, his label Raw Life released The New Sound Presents: America’s Next, a thirteen-track compilation of rising stars in the city’s pop and hip-hop scene. It features the charismatic Young Gliss, who just released the incredible Glimmer EP; Patty Crash, Philly’s answer to the pop-star badassery of Robyn; melodic-minded rapper Rone; the suave, dancefloor-oriented tones of Mike Taylor; and many more. You preview the compilation in the Soundcloud stream below, or buy yourself a copy over at iTunes.