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The R-E-U-P-G-A-N-G returns, in a way, on a thought provoking track titled “Smoke & Mirrors.” The moment the haunting beat drops, it’s clear that class is in session. No Malice and Ab-Liva play professor, as the duo lyrically detail their compelling revelations on the underlined corruption in society.

By lesson’s end, it’s clear that we’re nothing but hamsters running on the wheel of life, let Malice and Ab tell it. Lines like “Watermelon’s gone and all that’s left is rhyme,” allude to the duo’s thoughts that Hip-Hop has become a modern day minstrel show.

The soundscape comes courtesy of !llmind, who continues his barrage of quality production with this track.

Malice closes with a short sermon, saying “I mean, if we gonna kill the kids, then let’s kill the kids. Pop that molly right? I mean, load them choppers right? Homeboy the line’s been drawn, and if you find it evil to serve the Lord, then chose this day who you will serve.”

“Smoke & Mirrors” is the preview of two projects, as the cut will appear on No Malice’s long awaited EP Hear Ye Him and Ab-Liva’s forthcoming release The Truth Shall Set You Free, both set to drop some time this year. Now, if we could only get more info on the Clipse album that’s been promised.

Hear “Smoke & Mirrors” below.

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Photo: The Re-Up Gang/Koch Records