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New Music: Maryland rapper Dawson recruits Cidida for an ode to “Susan Lucci” Dawson

Much like A$AP Ant recently tweeted, the bourgeoning rap scene in Maryland and DC is one of the most exciting in recent memory, with a handful of fast-rising artists looking to put on for the underrepresented region.

Adding to the ante is Frederick, Maryland rapper Dawson, whose latest track, “Susan Lucci,” pairs the smooth production of Ceez with ample chilled out rhymes from himself and Brooklyn’s Cidida alike. Definitely an interesting ode to the 'All My Children' actress, who by the way, at 71, definitely still has it.

File this one under “music to sit back and spark one up to.” Check it out above.

New Music: “Head Above Water” by Smoke DZA, Blu and Fly Anakin Smoke DZA, Blu and Fly Anakin

In celebration of Record Store Day, Ohio-based funk/soul label Colemine Records and Brooklyn-based indie hip-hop label Coalmine Records have joined forces to release a limited edition 7-inch 45 titled, “Head Above Water.”

The collaborative label release features a new track from The Rugged Nuggets on Side A, with Small Professor flipping the track on Side B. The latter features verses from Smoke DZA, Fly Anakin and Blu, with DJ Revolution handling the cuts. Joe Buck also handled artwork for what is sure to become a collector’s item for fans of independent hip-hip and Record Store Day alike.

Get all the details about how to purchase the limited edition vinyl here and check out the music above.