After a two-year break from making music, Diggypop Malone (also known as Joseph Lepanto) is set to release the EP I Am Not a Rapper, which he created alongside “the best producer,” Professor T. The title’s statement is, indeed, autobiographical, according to Lepanto, who “can throw down in the booth with the best of them.” His song “Ten Gold Chains” warns against deriving satisfaction from pleasing others and recalls a transition from admiring predecessors’ art to respecting his own work. That confidence manifests in lyrics like, “I stay on point like a No. 2 pencil.” Jon Farmer, J Youngin, Dirty Frost, Copper Kid Solo, Tripsta Trip, D Balla, Michael G and DJ Ra Mak open Diggypop Malone’s release show at New Mountain on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 10 p.m. $7 at the door. newmountainavl.com. Image courtesy of the artist
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