Balancing sly humor with "who you calling earnest?" sincerity, Minneapolis's El Guante rides the fine-line between rapper and spoken word artist. On one track, he'll goof on inspirational, lose your self-style motivational hip-hop ("seize the day/i'm a night person") and on the next ruminates on war and sacrifice through the perspective of a soldier's mother. Like any good battle-rapper forged in the depths of the Twin Cities independent scene, El Guante has a knack for a witty puchline ("hip-hop is dead/my style is necrophilia") and a leftist political streak (he played Ripple Effect festival in St. Paul as part of a protest against the Republican National Council alongside Michael Franti, Dead Prez and Anti Flag.) Giving you something to think about while nodding your head to his nimble, casual flow, El Guante could very well follow Atmosphere and P.O.S. in the long-line of outstanding rappers to break out from the Midwest.
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