January 22, 2015 at 05:34 PM EST
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L.A. rapper Azad Right is still in the process of making a name for himself, but he’s already started collecting some big-name co-signs. Last spring on MTV’s RapFix Akon compared his single “Love of the Game” to early Nas. A better comparison might be to Kanye West at the beginning of his career: Right has the same love for soulful string arrangements, the same interest in high-end fashion, and the same combination of cocky charm and disarming vulnerability, all of which come through loud in clear on his latest track, the unexpectedly romantic “When You Know,” produced by Soulection’s IAMNOBODI.

You can download the track here, and check out last fall’s Right’s For the Hopeful mixtape here.

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