Virginia’s own Cane is known for being a true hip-hop lyricist. A talent he has showcased on tracks produced by Statik Selektah, rhyming beside the likes of Talib Kweli, CJ Fly, and Termanology. He stays true to his formula, displaying a high level of lyricism, on his new project Illuminate. I recently spoke with Cane when he was in Richmond on tour and he told me how he was taking over even more aspects of his career. At the time, he had just hosted his own “Glowed Up” event in DC and the completion of Illuminate is the next step in this process. The 6-track EP runs just under 26 minutes. On every track, Cane provides his superior word wizardry, but he does change it up a bit. The opening track “illuminate” and the closing track “Own World” stand out as tracks where Cane gets some things off his chest – but he really shows a more playful side of his music with tracks like “Don Draper” and “99 Bottles.” “Aroma” featuring Visto is the current single off the project. It’s a catchy song with radio potential. Illuminate is a short yet solid listen. I’m looking forward to following his moves for the rest of 2016.