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Sean Leon just released “81 PREQUEL” as the prequel to last year’s “81”

Toronto, ON – After causing an online fury in response to his “FAV RAPPER / HUNDRED MILLION RELIGION” Jazz Cartier diss, Sean Leon is back this week with a new track titled “81 PREQUEL.”

This song comes to us as the prequel (obviously) to last year’s monstrous Eestbound produced “81.” The original track was a nod to Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game against Toronto on January 22, 2006.

For this prequel, Bijan Amir handles the production by flipping the same sample from “81” into a brand new composition. Sean also flips the original by putting a fresh spin on his phrasing and lyrics.

Sean Leon just released

What I love about this record is that it brings us back to where Sean was at this time last year. Remember the hook on “81”? “Palms was itching, plotting in my mama’s kitchen/ Palms was itching, plotting on my opposition.”

One year later and Sean’s palms are still itching as he plans his next move against his opponents: “My palms was itching/ I was in a war with my competition/ Trying to amount to shit/ It was cut-throat/ My bro was cutting class to go cut coke/ Trying to count some shit.”

Not many guys in the rap game can drop a prequel a year after-the-fact like this. But Sean’s stuck steady to his M.O. for a minute. He doesn’t hop on trends or make hype tracks to appeal to whatever mainstream rap is listening to. At his core, Sean doesn’t change. And this song shows us that. He’s simply progressing and innovating.


Twitter: @SeanLeon

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