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Don't Play It Straight

by Small Bills (E L U C I D & The Lasso)

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nocluemusic In a nutshell, Don’t Play It Straight is a resounding piece of avant-garde Acid Funk/hip-hop constructed from artists that have the capability to consume you with insight and trippingly captivating instrumentals. Favorite track: Sometimes Care Looks Like Leave Me The Fuck Alone (feat. billy woods).
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kpmm The environment that The Lasso creates just pushes me to be a better person honestly. The bars are gritty and the sonics are FUCKING insane
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I was sold after the second song but Moses Was A Magician made me buy it twice. Favorite track: Moses Was A Magician.
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Gavin Hellyer Two very firm favourite artists of mine, and it's good to see The Lasso getting out and about making records with enormously fine collaborators. It completes a great year for E L U C I D as well, given that his mighty Armand Hammer partnership with billy woods has delivered one of the best albums of the year in "Shrines". Favorite track: Sometimes Care Looks Like Leave Me The Fuck Alone (feat. billy woods).
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The Rap Music Plug Podcast Lasso matched ELUCID's mercurial level of creativity and created an album that is truly like none other

Production is wildly layered, and ELUCID is equally layered in his writing

There is a lot of energy on this record that will surely put you in a creative headspace Favorite track: Safehouse (feat. Fielded).
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“They’ll punish what they can’t contain, what they won’t understand” – E L U C I D


"Don't Play It Straight" is the debut LP from Small Bills, a collaboration between NY rapper E L U C I D and Michigan producer/multi-instrumentalist The Lasso. Created over the course of a year between Detroit and NY, the duo creates a singular fusion of art rap and punk funk.

'letting go allowed for the necessity of space to transform and develop new ways of being" - E L U C I D

"Don't Play It Straight" features contributions from billy woods, Koncept Jack$on, Moor Mother, Fielded, .k, and Nosaj.


released October 30, 2020

All songs written and produced by Small Bills

Mixed and Mastered By Willie Green at The GreenHouse Recording Co.

Assistant Engineered by Tevin Prince

Additional instrumentation by Malachi Mabson, Jarad 'Saxsquatch' Selner, Jaws That Bite, Chris ‘Deep Greasy’ Pierce and Jordan Hamilton

Graphic Design by Austin Hart

Art by Machell Andre

Executive produced by Michael Tolle, Andy Catlin, and Chaz Hall


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