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Taylor Bennett will forever be linked to his brother Chancellor (aka Chance The Rapper). It’s as unavoidable as Ray J and Brandy, as Aaron and Nick Carter. But to Taylor’s credit, he’s never had to worry about being “stuck” in Chance’s shadow, because he does his own thing.

Today, Taylor Bennett released Broad Shoulders, his debut album. If the name sounds a little familiar, it’s because Taylor broke out its well-received title track – a collab with Chance – earlier this year. Speaking to Rolling Stone Magazine, Bennett said he was especially proud of the fact that he worked on it for a full year and because Broad Shoulders is his first sample-free collection of music.

[Bennett] wanted to forgo the legal issues with selling music containing samples of other people’s work. From an artistic perspective, the organic sounds used to create the LP were inspired by (producer) Ludlow’s Detroit upbringing and the city’s soul, funk and electronic scenes.

The result of going completely sample-free, is a 10-track album that sounds lush, smooth, and down to earth. There’s an abundance of features on Broad Shoulders, with appearances from King Louie, Donnie Trumpet, Simone Bisous, Quechera Jowers, Jordan Bratton, Talia Stewart, and more. In fact, only one track on the album – the piano-driven “H.Y.B.L. (How You Been Lately)” – is feature free.

You might think that drowns out Taylor Bennett’s voice, but all of the assists amplify Taylor instead. King Louie and Joey Purp complement Bennett on “Favorite Drink” to create an upbeat jam, for example. Donnie Trumpet’s horns go OFF alongside Taylor, Shay Lewis, and Brandon Fox on “Dancing in The Rain.” And Logan Parks and Taylor Bennett join forces quite well on the Slum Village-esque “Smile.”

Stream Taylor Bennett’s Broad Shoulders LP guilt-free down below and grab the album now off iTunes.