Riding into 2021 off his single “Hoopty,” Edmonton’s Mouraine kept hard at work during the travesty of a year that was 2020. With a diverse flow, smooth cadence, and topical lyrical content, the Sudan-born rapper's most recent releases—“Open Letter to America,” “Lion Hearted,” and “Shutdown”—represent an artist dealing with contemporary issues of the day just like the rest of us. His debut EP Bigger Dreams is forthcoming, and it should be well worth the wait. —JJ Bottineau

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