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The Names Are Known – Close2U [Audio]

Toronto, ONThe Names Are Known just released their first single entitled “Close2U” (off their J(N)AMES mixtape). The T-dot rapper duo (I.JAMES.JONES and NaNa) teamed up with producer Royce Birth to bring us this intimate little V-Day joint. If you don’t have game, just learn the hook to this track. It’ll take you places. Trust. It’s all like, “Close to you/ Close to you/ Girl, I’m just trying to get close to you.” Check it out below, and head over to Bandcamp to cop a download of the track.

The Names Are Known – Close2U [Audio] -

Seriously, though. Closeness is scary business. That’s why I spent today – alone – listening to rap demos. But a substantial number of dudes were trying to pass off songs about “b*tches” and “hoes” as romantic. And I got really frustrated. But then I heard this. And I heard NaNa on the second verse: “Don’t need a chick/To be my chick/ But need a chick/To be my miss.” And I thought that was very proper. It was like that time when Common had that line in “The Light”: “I never call you my b*tch/Or even my boo/There’s so much in a name/And so much more in you. And it was great. Shouts to The Names Are Known for keeping it 100 with the ladies.

Twitter: @NamesAreKnown | @deejayNaNa | @ijamesjonesTO

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