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Premiere: Raz Simone Tackles The Art Of Polygamy On "Don't Settle"

The Seattle rapper finds a way to speak on the wonders of polygamy on the somber track. 

Topics in rap vary from complex recallings of a discouraged life to the greatness of God. On his latest track, Seattle rapper Raz Simone gives his perspective on relationships, specifically polygamy, on "Don't Settle."

Hailed a respective practice by other artists like Akon, Raz creates a conversation with his partner and why group love is the best option for all parties involved. "The Force told me I was going to have multiple wives, and now I do," Simone said to VIBE via email. "It sounds weird, but I don't care.  This song touches on this new season of my life a bit."

The rapper isn't afraid of his critics. Simone's 2015 single "Macklemore & Cheif Keef," questioned the actions of the artists above with their raps on equality and violence. Speaking with Fader last year, the rapper says he just wants to represent the people who often go unnoticed in his city. "That's why the people love and respect me so much, because I've given the city that hope and something to believe in, he said. "I also give back, and push to put the rest of the city and the hood on, something no other famous rapper from our city has done yet."

Check out "Don't Settle" below.

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“This is/was my real life! Beyond the lights. I wanted to share with the people the back story, my whole truth," Tommie said. "In doing so I hope to motivate others struggling with their truth to not be afraid and be inspired to not give up!”

Watch the video for Tommie and Anthony Hamilton's "Truth" above.

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Mysterious duo Emotional Oranges are taking a reflective route with "Corners Of My Mind," a gentle ode to an old love.

The track which can be found on the duo's SoundCloud page was inspired by their friend who went through a bad breakup. It seems to be the fitting track towards the end of a coming of age romance where the couple goes their separate ways. In an email to VIBE, the faceless group explained how love was the seed that planted the smooth track.

"I watched a close friend go through an awful heartbreak recently," they said. "This song was birthed by me attempting to reflect on how I would have reacted had it happened to me. The irony is as he was losing love, I was finding new love. It made the whole process of writing it all quite painful."

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Emotional Oranges have released just a few singles, including the bouncy bop "Motion" and "Personal" that gained fanfare online.

According to the musical pair's Twitter page, fans can expect a new EP, as well as a tour announcement and "cute merch" following "Corners Of My Mind."

 

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— Emotional Oranges 🍊 (@emotionalorange) March 19, 2019

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