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“I be getting my bands up – you can’t be mad at me…”

You’ve got to give credit to DeJ Loaf’s work ethic. The rapper had a banner year of sorts in 2015, being selected to XXL’s 2015 Freshman list and dropping a lauded mixtape – And See That’s the Thing – as well as two banger singles in “Back Up” and “My Beyonce” with her real-life boo Lil’ Durk. Though DeJ has been relatively quiet in 2016 outside of touring, the Detroit emcee officially broke her silence yesterday.

In honor of the near two years since her breakout mixtape Sell Sole, DeJ Loaf dropped a brand-new mixtape, entitled All Jokes Aside on Wednesday morning. The 11-track effort features production from Kharri, DDS, Izze The Producer, KLVN, Sonny Digital, and more. Silkk The Shocker – yes, No Limit Silkk The Shocker – serves as the sole feature, on “Bout That.”

But make no mistake All Jokes Aside has plenty of stand-out cuts. There’s”Chase Mine,” over which DeJ goes back and forth between rapping and singing over KLVN and Carrington Brown’s percussion-heavy instrumentation. The Sonny Digital-produced “I’m Gon’ Win” could EASILY be DeJ’s next big radio single. And yes, DeJ’s collab with Silkk, “Bout That,” merges trap music with bounce music in a nice marriage.

Stream and download DeJ Loaf’s All Jokes Aside mixtape down below by way of DatPiff.