Your Old Droog Is On the Rise But He’s Still Happy Being Under the Radar (Audio)

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Now that we know he’s not Nas, Your Old Droog has been proving to be good enough just being himself. The 25-year-old Ukrainian MC and Brooklyn native already has an eponymous full-length album, two EPs (Your Old Droog EP and Kinison EP), an interview in the prestigious New Yorker magazine, and a spot as an opening act for PRhyme under his belt (and he’s only been around for a couple of years). He’s also the subject of “A Droogy Droog World,” a mini-documentary

The Brooklyn rapper will be releasing his third EP, The Nicest, on July 17. Earlier today, he released “We Don’t Know You,” a jazzy joint produced by longtime collaborator DJ Skizz that sounds like it could be from a long-lost Gang Starr record. The title may or may not be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the mystique that has surrounded him since his arrival, but he certainly seems aware of the irony in his keeping a low profile only to become the subject of others’ attention. In the song, he references all of the hangers-on who clamor to work with him now that he’s accumulating buzz, but he seems perfectly content with remaining unassuming: “I don’t make music for mass consumption, why you got that make-up on? You maskin’ somethin’?” Check it out.

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