Uptown X.O., one third of the trio Diamond District who made a heavy impact on me with their 2009 debut "In The Ruff", is releasing his solo album "Colour de Grey" via Mello Music Group/Fat Beats today. The album doesn't pack any big name guests but X.O. and his proucer A.B. The Pro does a great job holding down the fourteen tracks by themeselves; vivid lyrics that range from self-reflecting to political over hard drums and sample based music that aims to respect the roots of vintage hip-hop is usually a recipe for great music if the artists are talented and dedicated. And so is the case, stream the album below (thanks to DJBooth) and order the CD here.