Like fine brushed metal , Le$‘s most recent project, produced entirely by DJ Mr. Rogers, is a sleek and unassuming album that melds the down tempo, southern melodies of Louisiana and Texas with enchanting beats that place the duo somewhere between the sounds of Curren$y and Devin The Dude.

Instead of the synthetic bass laden compositions of late, DJ Mr. Rogers relies on an antique approach to beat making, employing samples and light percussion to guide Le$’s woozy, lifestyle raps. Samples of Childish Gambino’s Redbone on “45 South” resemble slowed and throwed Texan rap rhythms of yesteryear, albeit lacking the purple drank dependence so entrenched in the Southern rap scene.

Similarly the flip of Kool and the Gang’s “Summer Madness on “Top Down” or the reworking of Ahmad’s “Back in the Day” on “In the Whataburger Drive Thru” are chilled-out reimagenings of seminal tracks in hip-hop. Throughout the tape, Le$ puts forth his cool, calm and collected persona, avoiding overly clichéd concerns with making money. Instead, the Louisiana native enjoys a simple life, working hard, lighting up, dodging fake friends and making good music.

Midnight Club is available on Spotify and Apple Music.

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