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Hollyweerd: Edible Phat 2.0

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"I'm the Peters Street walker, MJQ stalker," declares Stago Lee in "Fixxin'," a standout track from Hollyweerd's new mixtape. Edible Phat 2.0, hosted by the ubiquitous Don Cannon, is full of Atlanta-specific name drops. What sets Hollyweerd apart, though, is how the group transforms its surroundings as opposed to letting those surroundings define it. Phat 2.0 shows the music as taken to the proverbial next level: It's a fluid blend of OutKast envelope-pushing, Gucci trap-rap and underground '90s steez. It's fortunately also all the group's own. Guest spots from Grip Plyaz and Pill prove neat asides, but it's Hollyweerd's core that holds it down. Though it's a few tracks too long (aren't all mixtapes?), Edible Phat 2.0 is one of the more promising recent releases from an oversaturated rap scene. If Hollyweerd is the future, we could all use a pair of shades. 3 stars out of 5.

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