Sean Mic

New Heights (MySpace.com/SeanMic204)

Sean Mic hip-hop Wu-Tang Clan

New Heights is the promising debut EP from Cleveland rapper-producer Sean Mic. The seven-song disc is full of head-bobbing beats that are layered with jazzy basslines and trippy guitar samples. He's also pretty talented on the mic. His flow is clearly inspired by East Coast MCs like Nas and Ghostface Killah, and he channels Wu-Tang's raw spirit on "5 Senses." In songs like "Now's the Time" and "Stay Strong," Mic reflects on everyday struggles with a refreshing dose of positivity — a theme that runs throughout. "Poly Ticks" has the MC getting political, spitting lines about the failures of George W. and their effect on Clevelanders. Make no mistake, Sean Mic can make you dance — but he'll also make you wanna crack open a book. The only downside is the album's brevity.

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