Chicago rapper and member of Lil Durk’s OTF crew, L’A Capone, wasn’t able to see his debut mixtape, Separate Myself, to its release. Devastatingly, the 17 year old was shot and killed outside a studio in late September. To honor his memory, Durk and his OTF counterparts helped complete the 18-track tape. Like Durk, Capone was an unshowy lyricist, content to use bluntness as a weapon but equally capable of more dexterous, warp-speed bars. That skill is best showcased on “Play For Keeps,” but it’s tape closer “Brothers,” featuring Durk and RondoNumbaNine, that leaves the biggest impression. A heartbreaking tribute to crew love, its hook repeats the bittersweet mantra: I’m here with my brothers, only each other.
Download: L’A Capone, Separate Myself