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An emcee/producer from Brownsville, Brooklyn, with a knack for contemplative verses and low-key, sample-driven beats, KA has been around for a while now. He got his start in the early '90s as a member of the much-loved NYC underground crew Natural Elements, and he was also half of Nightbreed, best known for the 12-inch "2 Roads Out the Ghetto." After disappearing into the shadows for years, he re-emerged in 2008 with the well-received self-released solo album Iron Works. Four years later, KA returns with Grief Pedigree, arguably his best work to date. Here he drops vividly lyrical descriptions of everyday life in BK, set to dusty, classic-style tracks that wouldn't sound out of place on an early Mobb Deep record. Dark and grimy yet undeniably soulful and compelling, this is ideal for anybody who longs for the days when New York rappers had no use for club jams, Auto-Tune, or techno beats. Check out "Summer," "Up Against Goliath," and "Born King N.Y."

Customer Reviews

Copping this based off the awesome videos from Ka...

The video for "Decisions" sold me...copping Grief Pedigree and Iron Works today...

Classic Material

This latest album from Ka will bring you right back to the early 90's golden era of hip hop. Raw beats, dope lyrics and a poetic masterpiece. This is isn't a commercial rap album but if you're a fan of real hip hop Grief Pedigree will draw you in an be on constant rotation.

Great Album

I have been waiting for this album since he dropped Firehouse on Protools. This did not disappoint and I eagerly await his next album. Now if Scotty Wotty can come out with an album It will be a great year for rap.


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '10s

Raised in the lower class neighborhood of Brownsville, in Brooklyn, New York, East Coast rapper Kaseem Ryan (aka Ka) got his start during the golden age of rap, in the group Natural Elements. When that project fizzled out, he formed the underground hip-hop duo Nightbreed with fellow rapper Kev. For his first solo outing, 2008's Iron Works, he appropriated the boom-bap style of the '90s, and his unique lyrical style drew the interest of the Wu-Tang Clan's GZA, who invited Ka...
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Grief Pedigree, KA
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Rap
  • Released: Feb 11, 2012
  • Parental Advisory

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