Hugh Augustine - Massimo Ciabatta

Debuting on iTunes Top 100 indie releases, Massimo Ciabatta was released after a lengthy hiatus by the Los Angeles rapper. Shot three times in 2011 as the victim of another man’s gang initiation, Augustine had to learn to walk again – and still carries one of the bullets in his hip. But he emerged from the ordeal with new purpose and a focused fire, which he channeled into Massimo Ciabatta.

Guest artists abound on the album, including Ray Wright, Liv Young, Al B Smoov, Inglewood’s Skeme, and up-and-comers Villain Park. Sharp rhymes, diverse beats, and a commanding presence on the mic make Augustine a man of his time – and a rapper to listen to.