10 Reasons Homeboy Sandman Is Awesome

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Last week, Queens-bred rapper Homeboy Sandman released his latest EP Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent. As with anything Boy Sand related, the lyrical nourishment factor is mighty healthy, while the production across the eight tracks is handled exclusively by RTNC -- they cooks up a fine, funky selection of sample-based beats. So, business as usual for one of New York City's finest rhymers. But do you really know the Sandman? Here are ten endearing nuggets of info to get hip to with the quickness.

1. He once escaped eviction from his apartment by winning $5,000 in a Rucker Park rap battle sponsored by Jermaine Dupri.

2. His come up involved plastering the New York City subways with the best fake rapper endorsement stickers.

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3. His new EP name-checks Tracy Morgan's Saturday Night Live animal expert Brian Fellows.

4. His Bonafide Beats mix happily pairs J Dilla with Cyndi Lauper.

5. The song "Couple Bars (Honey, Sugar, Darling, Sweetie, Baby, Boo)" is inspired by a dream he had about the singer Nikki Jean.

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6. His album outtakes are not afraid to go heavy on the references to eggs.

7. His favorite member of A Tribe Called Quest is the lesser-heralded Phife, not Q-Tip.

8. He can hop a subway turnstile with the best of them.

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9. He once embarked on a bizarre search for the Candyman.

10. His pre-rap work history include bartending at Harlem's Lennox Lounge. As his Facebook bio puts it, "That's where Shaft used to drink."