With “Cold Water,” Medhane Claims His Rightful Place in Hip-Hop

When Medhane answers the phone to be interviewed for this story, the sound of Lauryn Hill’s “Final Hour” is blasting in the background. “My bad, let me turn this down,” says the 23-year-old. While it’s not necessarily surprising that Medhane is listening to one of hip-hop’s greatest records, it’s still refreshing, given that some of his peers don’t exactly bend the knee to ‘90s hip-hop. (Not that they should, of course). But Medhane (pronounced meh-donny) grew up on this music. Raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, his parents played reggae and classic hip-hop around the house…

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