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As far as supremely talented Los Angeles rappers/producers go, Vince Staples and Michael Uzowuru have flown low over the past few years, opting to to their music speak for itself instead of relying on absurdist antics. Vaguely Odd Future affiliated, the duo makes struggle rap that belies their location in sunny CA. Staples is still not the most polished MC, still engaging in juvenile rape talk and the like, but his monotone flow and come up lyrics reflect contemporary Los Angeles to a T. That Uzowuru’s production sounds distinctly un-LA makes Staples that much more effective. Winter In Prague is a bare bones approach to hip hop that puts the listener in a small room with Staples and Uzowuru. The tape doesn’t feel personal in the sense that Staples is speaking to you (like say Main Attrakionz), more than his raps are so eminently relatable. If you’re willing to take a step back from the hype and overblown production, indulge in Winters In Prague for the next 25 minutes. Stream below and head here to download the whole tape (and here to grab the instrumentals).

Amid all the chaos provoked by the emergence of Odd Future, a number of young LA MC’s, affiliated, or at odds with the crew were brought into the spotlight, Casey Veggies being the most prominent. Vince Staples, although not affiliated with the crew, has appeared on numerous OF releases, including EARL, and despite a childish tiff with Tyler towards the end of last year, appears to be back in the graces of the collective. Staples’ Shyne Goldchain Vol. 1 was one of 2011’s best mixtapes and featured a youthful rage more focused than most OF releases. Producer Michael Uzowuru has also occasionally collaborated with OF and his beat tape Paisley Palm Trees was one of 2011’s seminal instrumental hip hop releases. Staples and Uzowuru have worked together before, but their newest track, “Matlock,” might be their best yet. The track clocks in at under two minutes, but featured Uzowuru at his stripped down best and Staples getting down and dirty with some complex wordplay. Don’t sleep on these dudes.

Stream/Download: Vince Staples – “Matlock” (Prod. Michael Uzowuru)