Uptown XO — who previously spit under the name X.O. — has released his latest project, the 100 percent free Monumental II. Many folks will undoubtedly label this effort as a mixtape given the fact it’s available for free online, but this is really more of a proper album from the talented Washington, D.C. native.
He’s rapping his heart out on here, particularly on moving cuts like “Rumors” and “Sound of Summer.” The latter is a fantastic narrative-driven tune that should take you back to when storytelling raps were more prominent in hip-hop. It’s not all heady material, though. “Tol’ You So” is a much more fun, albeit still poignant, affair featuring his Diamond District brothers, yU and Oddisee, and Fat Trel. If I haven’t made it clear yet with this post, let me just lay it out there for you: do not sleep on XO, y’all.
You can stream the album below and download it on Bandcamp.