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Album Review

You could complain that hip-hop producer 14KT's 2013 effort has a split personality, but Nickel & Dimed is an interestingly structured effort, coming off as an instrumental beat album with a vocal EP at the end. Those two sides are separated by ten tracks of silence on the CD, giving the listener a chance to reboot after 15 sample-heavy slabs of Detroit-flavored and Dilla-inspired beatmaking. Best of the lot is the grand "Right So," where acoustic drums meet both Prince and Patrice Rushen-styled tones. In a three-way tie for second are "Imonit!" (dreamy '70s soul goes to a breakdancing contest), "Packin' Heat (Acap Outta Acap Flip)" (sounds like the genre of micro-hop being born with scattered shards and samples flying about), and "Toris" (a serene and strange journey), plus the instrumental bit of the album flows extremely well, making this an easy-access listen for those who don't spend their days behind control boards. Punching things up on the vocal part are Blu on the head-bobbing highlight "Paid," which turns the earlier "Right So" into a full-bodied cut. Black Milk and MED "go back to the time/when they up in the lab trying to come up with new stuff" and transition from old school to new school on the lyricist lounger called "Crown," while "Slo Swerve" with Jamall Bufford and JMSN drives around 14KT's hometown area (Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Detroit) at about five miles below the speed limit, chilled out on dro, sizzurp, or maybe just the fine, calming beat underneath. Both parts of the album satisfy, so think all dimes, no nickels.

Customer Reviews

Nickel & Dimed

a phenomenal body of work that demonstrates 14KT’s in a league of his own…”a beautiful gift from the beautifully gifted”.


I was just scrolling through release date and clicked on this. My first thought is holy crap. This is the most underrated group I've ever heard

Top 10 Producer Right Now

One of the illest producers around having put in work for Aloe Blacc, Bun B, Danny Brown, Elzhi, Jay Electronica, Mayer Hawthorne, and Oddisee. 2010 Red Bull Big Tune National Champ. Had music featured in The Tribe Called Quest documentary too. And who else has verses from Black Milk, Kokane, MED, Blu, and Jamall Bufford on their instrumental record!!! 14KT ready.


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Coming up with the same hip-hop crew that launched Mayer Hawthorne, Ann Arbor, Michigan's Athletic Mic League, Kendall Tucker aka 14KT broke out on his own in 2008 with the instrumental album The Golden Hour, released by the A-Side Worldwide label. The self-released Nowalataz followed in 2009, while 2012's A Friendly Game of KT came courtesy of Mello Music Group....
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