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My own personal hip-hop renaissance started a couple of years ago. First, it was with Kids These Days, whom I discovered via Chicago blogger-extraordinaire Andrew Barber. The second group that really caught on with me, though, were The Pro Letarians. They hailed from Indiana University and were only a year older than I was. Featuring DJ J.O. and rapper Jupiter Jim, they offered a gritty yet indie view of hip-hop that I’d quite-frankly never heard before. It was a pleasure watch them go from making music in dorm rooms to touring the East Coast this summer.

As with all good things, however, this one seemed to fade. I hadn’t heard anything from my Indiana friends in a while and was starting to get thirsty for the next project. Lo and behold, tonight the duo announced their split in order to pursue solo careers. Though I understand it’s for the best, I’ll never forget blasting their freshman tape Hello Forever through Champaign-Urbana and promoting their shows locally, yet feeling a little bit of guilt for putting on for IU so hard. Rising from the ashes tonight, however, is the first track from Jupiter as a solo artist. “You Know” was recorded over a summer stint in LA for the young Indiana rapper, and hopefully it’s nothing but the best for both Jupiter and J.O. from here on out. Stream the new joint below and let us know what you think!