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Philadelphia, a city with a rich music history, is currently in an odd space, especially in the Hip-Hop realm.

As a native, I spent much of my adolescence enamored by local artists like Beanie Sigel, State Property and Eve who impacted the culture on both a national and global scale. But those days are long gone, leaving Meek Mill to tote the torch for my city. His hometown pride is appreciated, but the MMG spitter represents a small portion of wordsmiths whose musical talents span long past gaudy, boisterous street raps.

Fortunately, rising rhymesayer Dayne Jordan is among a new class of up and comers, filling the void and diversifying the palette of rap music being offered from the City of Brotherly Love.

Formerly known as Dosage, the MC possesses a lyrical ability and global perspective most of his peers –– in Philly or elsewhere –– cannot fathom. His lyrical prowess, and more importantly, his perspective are on full display on his latest project, a nine-track EP titled In Progress. Donning only one feature, listeners are schooled by a lyricist whose skill level has yet to plateau.

Who: Dayne Jordan is a Philadelphia-bred MC, whose music managed to pique the interests of DJ Jazzy Jeff and James Poyser. The music mavens in turn handled a bulk of the production (mostly Jeff) on the rapper’s In Progress EP.

Credentials: With an array of projects to his name, including 3D11, Jordan has proved himself to be a quality spitter.

Fun Fact: Before the legendary Jeff and Poyser took Jordan under there wing, it was Lupe Fiasco who took a liking to him. So much so that he wound up touring with the Chicago native.

Photo: Instagram

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