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Last year, Day & A Dream pegged Jean Grae as one of its #BreakoutQueens, with the hope that Jean’s long-awaited Cake or Death project would finally see the light of day. Instead, we were gifted with a video game-inspired single, “Kill Screen,a collection of unreleased material, and an informal announcement of a new project from Jean entitled Gotham Down.

Over a year after “Kill Screen’s” emergence on the internets, this past weekend, Jean Grae unveiled Gotham Down, which won’t be a complete album but rather a set of EPs. It kicks off – well, continues, a nearly-decade-long journey of Jean going independent and interweaving works from the past and present to tell a continuing narrative.

In Jean’s own words:

The Gotham Down series follows a story I began telling on my BOOTLEG OF THE BOOTLEG EP. That was released on October 7th, 2003. That’s exactly 10 years ago, if you were not counting. On “Chapter One: Destiny” I jumped in on the story of an assassin on the run from the “company” she worked for.

The second time I jumped back into the same assassins storyline was a feature on Pharoahe Monch’s “Assassins” on his W.A.R. LP. Released in 2011.

The 2012 release of “Kill Screen” and the accompanying video, yet again dove into the storyline of the same assassin.

You can stream Jean Grae’s Gotham Down – Cycle 1: Love in Infinity (Lo-Fi) EP, and purchase it below. The other added bonus? In addition to “Cycle 2” of Gotham, Jean has hinted that Cake or Death is on its way for late fall, too. Yup, no complaints here for multiple projects from the tattooed spitter whose tongue on wax is as sharp as her wit on twitter.