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After dropping “Getting Paid” with Yung L.A. last fall, Los Angeles-based rapper Fluent returns with a brand-new banger, “Now You Know.” The track stems from his hotly anticipated new project, Carolinafornia Nightmare, which he’s been crafting over the past year.

Almost immediately, it’s clear that “Now You Know” is one of the rising emcee’s toughest tracks to date. Of course, partial credit goes to producer D.R.U.G.S., who like Fluent, hails from North Carolina but travels the country to put in work. If that name looks familiar, chances are you’ve bumped his beat tapes, other placements, or, you know, his massive production used for the King Mez, Kendrick Lamar, and Marsha Ambrosias featured “Parkside/Gone” off Dr. Dre’s, Compton.

And just as the Grammy-nominated producer did his thing on “Parkside/Gone,” he and Fluent are a collaborative force on “Now You Know.” It’d be enough that the rapper kicks clever references to everything from model Bella Hadid to upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Doctor Strange. But fluent also flirts with lyrical interplay with the track’s sample, allowing the looping and reverberating “beat it” to slip into his rhymes (“They put a case on me, I’m able to [beat it],” and other quotables).

Be on the lookout for Carolinafornia Nightmare, set to drop this summer!

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