Listening to Blood Orange, the latest EP from prodigiously bearded rapper Sam Rothstein, can feel akin to progressing through a first date with the MC. At the onset, he provides broad, biographical details (on "Raised" he notes he was brought up middle class and Christian), filling listeners in on his background. But by the time "Kids on Drugs" rolls around he's moved on to those greater internal forces that motivate and propel him forward - both for better and for worse.

Listening to Blood Orange, the latest EP from prodigiously bearded rapper Sam Rothstein, can feel akin to progressing through a first date with the MC. At the onset, he provides broad, biographical details (on "Raised" he notes he was brought up middle class and Christian), filling listeners in on his background. But by the time "Kids on Drugs" rolls around he's moved on to those greater internal forces that motivate and propel him forward - both for better and for worse.