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West Hartford Rapper L.E.X Makes 'Abstract Dreams' A Reality

L.E.X — Antoine Alexander, 35, formerly known as A-Lex — populates much of "Abstract Dreams," his first full-length album released on April 5 — with visions of success, longed-for spiritual satisfaction and the desire to be heard. On "Intro," he raps about needing only enough income to survive:...

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