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Premiere: Ohio Rapper Vice Souletric Enlists King Magnetic & 9th Wonder On "Respect The Legends"

Vice & King Magnetic team up with a legend to pay homage in their new record. 

Vice Souletric demands respect for the G.O.A.Ts of rap in his latest single, "Respect The Legends." The Lorain, Ohio native drops bars which commands aspiring rappers and die-hard rap fans to show their admiration for the veterans who constructed hip-hop from the ground up. Vice teamed up with Philly's own King Magnetic to come up with their ode to the legends over a carefully crafted instrumental -- created by famed producer 9th Wonder.

"I always told myself I would only want to work with legends," Vice exclusively told VIBE. "So when I got the chance to obtain production from one of my all-time favorites, 9th Wonder, I jumped all over it. King Magnetic made the connection."

The conscientious record is the final leak before the independent release of Souletric's forthcoming album Vice For President 2. The 11-track LP is set to feature other legends such as Talib Kweli, Skyzoo, and former "Little Brother" wordsmith Rapper Big Pooh.

Along with his latest release, Vice's second album will also hold other powerful songs like “T.A.M.I.R.,” where he vents his underlying frustrations about the horrific killing of young Tamir Rice by a police officer.

"'Respect The Legends' is not just about new upstart artists respecting their elders," says Vice. "But is also calling on the elders and Hip-Hop fans alike to respect the new great artists who now carry the torch and continue to take Hip-Hop to new heights."

Vice For President 2 is set to drop Feb. 26. Listen to the world-premiere of "Respect The Legends" below.

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