501 Click

Code 501

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That 501 doesn't refer to button-fly jeans, but rather an area code in Arkansas, home of 501Click. And as one of the first acts signed out of Little Rock, they're not going to let you forget it, either, as almost every track on CODE: 501 references their hometown or the Dirty South in general. With spare, thinly processed digital beats and lots of breathing room in their arrangements, the quartet of Lil Ty, AC, 24, and mushmouthed J-Diggy tread paths blazed by everyone from UGK to Three 6 Mafia. And while the 501ers present their tales of the harsh realities of thug life in the South with a smoother R&B flavor than some of their contemporaries, there's no flash here, just beats and battles about the world around them.

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