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Tito Lopez is building a nice buzz with his single “Mama Proud,” and it’s not just because the song is really good. In addition to a title and a hook that are very appealing to radio, “Mama Proud” is supported by hip-hop purists because of the beat and the lyrical dexterity delivered by Tito Lopez.

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Even though the title make “Mama Proud” may make you think you’re about to hear a 2012 reworking of “Dear Mama,” 2Pac’s classic ode to his mother Afeni Shakur, Tito Lopez did not go that route. Hear his explanation of “Mama Proud” in our exclusive interview, and you’ll understand the appeal of Tito Lopez, and why this song is important to hip-hop.

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