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When Aftermath’s newest signee Jon Connor announced yesterday that #ConnorSeason was on the way, few could have guessed that he had a mixtape in the chamber ready to drop at a moment’s notice. And yet, that’s exactly what happened. Earlier today, the Flint, Michigan emcee set free a brand new tape, #BestinTheWorld.

Hosted by DJ Drama and described as “The Late Registration of a College Dropout who had a Dark Twisted Fantasy of 808s and Heartbreak,” #BestInTheWorld is actually low on CM Punk references and instead has young Connor going in over 17 of the most memorable instrumentals in Kanye West’s six-LP catalog. The features are kept to a minimal, with Connor being joined by Justin Daye, Mickey Wallace, & Kap Kallous. If you’ve been following Jon Connor, then you’re aware that the Young Terminator’s flow is pretty impeccable; but if you haven’t, it’s impressive to hear him adapt his flow to each beat and deliver quotables (some wise, others laugh out loud funny) on nearly every track. He spends “New Slaves” admitting that he watches Basketball Wives and Love & Hip-Hop. He bites back at backstabbers on “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” And much like Kanye did for Jay-Z on the original, Connor voices his appreciation for and admiration of Dr. Dre on “Big Brother,” while insisting that getting signed didn’t hinder his hunger at all.

If #ConnorSeason has only just started, does this mean it will end with the self-proclaimed “The People’s Rapper” dropping his major label debut in 2014? Time will tell. But #BestInTheWorld is certainly a nice prelude to whatever may be coming next.