Funky DL’s new album, Dennison Point, is a straight up autobiography about his experience being moved to East London as a kid, after having gotten into a bit of trouble in his former home, sharing a bedroom with his brother in an apartment with his father and his father’s new wife. There’s a real risk when you get this specific in your stories that people won’t identify, but like Fresh Prince who had to move in with his Uncle and Aunty in a new hood, Funky DL does a good job at bringing us into his life and making us care.

So, I’m doing something I almost never do here: Recommending a rap album by a UK artist. Smooth and jazzy production, it recalls the early ’90s days of Native Tongue, when rap had a message without being heavy handed and didn’t have to prove how hard it was all the time.

Good stuff.

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