East Cleveland rapper Kipp Stone is a testament to the continual grind. The talented blue-collar storyteller honed his craft at night and made his main income working as an essential healthcare worker in a nursing home for years leading up to his new release. He did this all in the pursuit of exponential growth as both a lyricist and producer. Now he’s dropped off his new full-length mixtape HOMME, out today with distribution by Chicago imprint Closed Sessions.
The 13-track, 55 minute project features Mick Jenkins on the standout “Sprague Street” and follows strong singles like “Fill in All the Blanks” where he detailed the need to feel whole, opened up about loyalty, and the slow yet steady maturation of his music. A number of songs on the effort are self-produced while Kipp also tapped Blochead Johnny for contributions. Nuke Franklin and Torre Lott also feature.
Throughout HOMME, Kipp reflects on growing up through the violence of East Cleveland and maintaining his dream of being a musician with encouragement from the OGs of his neighborhood. What results is an inventive project full of vivid vignettes that stay true to his singular come-up. It’s more than a worthwhile listen.
Stream HOMME below. In more music updates, Chuck Strangers returned with his new Too Afraid To Dance EP featuring KA, Caleb Giles, Navy Blue and more.