A brief blog post premiering a new song seems an improper place to address recent tragedies in the U.S. or the still blooming bitter fruits of a country formed on the faulty foundation of racism. Still, it feels impossible and irresponsible to ignore current realities, particularly when listening to good music that intelligently addresses race in modern America.

Dr. Millionaire’s new single “N*gga From Maine” broaches race cleverly and with the weight of autobiography, tracing the journey from his childhood in Maine to his current residence, Richmond, Virginia. Mixing humorous anecdotes and darker moments, Dr. Millionaire exhibits a gift for narrative that never seems labored—story fitted to rhyme with great ease.

The power of “N*gga From Maine” lies in Dr. Millionaire’s ability to root larger concepts in the details of his daily realities. He avoids painting in broad strokes, making his observations on race, suburban boredom, and loss all the more poignant. An excellent lead single for his new project My First Million, due out next month on Imaginary Friends.

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