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Fresh Colorado hip-hop from Spoke In Wordz, Slo Pain, Manifes and Aires Jackson

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Back with another batch of fresh local hip-hop. This week, we've got a new clips from Spoke In Wordz featuring the 17th and Fokis, a cut from Slo Pain for hardcore fans, as well as fresh goodness from Rap League Manifest, assisted by Planet Asia, and Aires Jackson, who just dropped an incredible track and video. Continue on to see what's good.

See also: Find more homegrown hip-hop in our That's a Rap archives

"Rubbish" - Spoke In Wordz, Fokis and the 17th - "Rubbish" The video for this track dropped last week, and since then, it's attracted the attention of The Source, who featured it already, and Funk Master Flex, who's spotlighting it on his blog, In Flex We Trust right now. Praising the timeless nature of classic hip-hop, the unapologetic cut takes on the tropes of mainstream rap. Spoke In Wordz, the 17th and Fokis all spit scathing rhymes about the state of hip-hop, over production layered with big horns, piano stabs and boom-bap percussion.

"Strong Suvive" - Slo Pain Slo Pain has built a rabid following with its fast-paced hardcore style. This song is an anthem for the fans with big production and a well composed hook that nods to the name of the crew's promotional company, Strong Survive. The bass-heavy synths lay the foundation for the song, over which the three MCs, Troll, DeJangles and Luni Spade, deliver fast-paced rhymes.

"So Sick Boi" - Aires Jackson The high-quality of the production is delightfully matched by the great visuals of the video on this track from brothers Leonard "Lenny Lenn" and James Ray Jackson. The production is incredibly enticing with a pounding sample and winding strings. Lyrically, the song is stacked with insightful, introspective lines and narrative composition about the plight of their careers. The production value is at a high-level, which nicely complements the visuals of Lenny Lenn experimenting with bubbling and smoking beakers of a chemistry set. This is a great track.

"Futurist Ancient Flow" - Manifes featuring Planet Asia Rap League's Manifes drops an ill track featuring Planet Asia production that evokes a 1990s influence, with stabbing strings and breakdowns. The rhymes are solid and succinct: "Styling on my own/The black Indiana Jones/Symbiotic chrome rap/ put that mike down boy/We own that."

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