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Daveed Diggs: True Neutral Crew premieres avant-garde rap track

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Daveed Diggs’ breakneck flow has graced many a musical project, from his award-winning turns on Broadway smash Hamilton to an under-the-radar run with Los Angeles rap trio Clipping.

EW is excited to premiere a single from yet another of the multi-hyphenate’s hip-hop side projects: True Neutral Crew’s “Modern Art.” The oddball track riffs on the supergroup’s avant-garde aesthetic, pummeling through blown-out percussion, tongue-in-cheek rhymes, and an outlandish, off-key chorus.

“It’s kind of a play on how people see modern art, making fun of those who use the term to validate their own work,” Signor Benedick the Moor tells EW. “It’s ridiculous to get so wound up in the art that you forget why you’re making it in the first place.”

It’s a sound that speaks to the West Coast collective’s amorphous nature, serving as a creative sandbox for musicians like Diggs to test the limits of hip-hop. The song will appear on True Neutral’s forthcoming debut album, soft rules, a double LP that spans their three-year discography.

“We set out to be sort of a nebulous blob,” Moor says. “We’re just making weird hip-hop music that doesn’t belong anywhere else, just an L.A. outsider type of thing.”

“Modern Art” is streaming below. soft rules is due out July 29 and is currently available for pre-order.

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