Homeboy Sandman is as close to a perfect MC as anyone is ever going to findâ€”intelligent, literate, self-aware and endlessly affable. On his fourth record, his first for the famed Stones Throw label, Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman finds a way to balance allÂ those qualities with a deep connection to the street roots of hip-hop. Songs like caveman stomp â€œThe Ancientâ€ and the opening track â€œRainâ€ attack the genre from new, interesting angles with incredibly varying soundsâ€”the former directly from the past and the latter emanating futuristic digital flourishes. The highlight hereÂ is â€œNot Really,â€ an impossibly laidback meditation on avoiding the trappings of increasing fame; the song isÂ a portrait of an artist with his feet firmly on the ground. â€œI still donâ€™t let nothing go to waste/Leftovers any given day/I spend about the same/Thereâ€™s just a lot more left over to give away.â€ Homeboy Sandman proves here that he is a fresh, important injection into a genre in desperate need of an intelligent new voice.