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Homeboy Sandman’s “Problems” Is Self-Deprecation at Its Sweetest

Homeboy Sandman delivers catalogues problems, some small some big, on his latest single.

August 26, 2014

On "8 Million Stories," Phife Dawg goes to Carvel to get a milkshake before realizing he got got for all the cash in his wallet. On "Problems," Homeboy Sandman's shitty day starts a little shittier, getting turned away from a blood test because he'd visited the clinic too recently. His brilliant second single from his upcoming Hallways is a worthy younger sibling to the Tribe classic: Homeboy mutes his typically outspoken, at times contrarian perspective to do a little self-assessment. I don't know when to shave, I don't know what to eat, I don't know who to love, I don't know what to be, he wonders aloud over a meditative string of keys and chimes via producer Knxwledge. It's a welcomed vulnerability we rarely hear from rappers, and after all, who can't relate to a love of independent movies and Kurt Cobain? Hallways drops September 2nd on Stones Throw. 

Homeboy Sandman’s “Problems” Is Self-Deprecation at Its Sweetest