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Saturday, January 4, 2014

@akilnadir @maseed @surock - Optimist's Cookbook

Optimist's Cookbook is Akil Nadir's fourth release since his breakthrough 2011 mixtape, The Orientation. As is always the case with the kind of music you've come from Nadir, Optimist's Cookbook is full of introspective lyrics that encourage the spirit and speak with deft clarity to the daily struggles of the everyman. With only four tracks, spanning just shy of 14 minutes, this comparatively slimmed-down work was designed to be enjoyed in its entirety during the morning commute---a great way to get your day started! 

Optimist's Cookbook was recorded at Humble Ardor Studio in Bowie, MD. "Scarface Dreaming", "Lost in Love" and "The Glass House" were produced by California beatsmith, Tony C, for Maseed Productions. Maseed has provided production for a host of independent artists, including Lyric Jones, Aliso Black, Chaundon and Punchline. "Bright White Light" was produced by DMV-based heat-maker, Surock. Surock has laced for beats for such up-and-coming local heavy hitters as yU (of Diamond District), Ra the MC, Lyriciss, ProVerb and K-Beta. 

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