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Anesthesia is the temporary state of unconsciousness. Anesthesia is the story of a man who chose hustling over paying dues at an office job. Anesthesia is the new solo album from Chicago’s Verbal Kent. It’s a journey of a son becoming a father, a meditation about how a life of drug abuse and anger can become virtue and realization, a story of a man who learns the power of forgiveness.These are 12 parables that bang so hard they can’t be forgotten. Over booming rugged drums, the rapper named after a Usual Suspect does the extraordinary.

He supplies agile rapid-fire bars filled with clever wordplay. Careful reflections of reckless days—and what it means to repent for past sins.Trotting out perhaps the deepest roster of collaborators that he’s yet assembled, beats thump from Oh No, Marco Polo, Kaz1, and Kent’s partner in Ugly Heroes, Apollo Brown. On Suit Case Switch, Freddie Gibbs pops up to play the Jules Winfield to Kent’s Vincent Vega. Other appearances blast from Skyzoo, Torae, and Red Pill.

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