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An underground favorite from the Bay Area, emcee/producer Kero One has been dropping relentlessly funky, jazz-inspired hip-hop since 2003. While well-known in his native Cali, he is, as the saying goes, "huge in Japan." He's released consistently strong albums (including Windmills of the Soul, Early Believers, and Kinetic World) via his own Plug Label, has toured extensively in the Far East, and has collaborated with the likes of Aloe Blacc, Talib Kweli, and Mark Farina. Funded by Kickstarter, Color Theory is his fourth full-length, and it finds him continuing his ultra-likeable, ever-positive steez. This time he's working with a slew of up-and-coming artists (Dumbfounded, Clara C, Myk, Suhn, etc.), as well as local OG Shing02. As always, the beats here are outstanding. And there's an eclectic and unpredictable blend of analog synths, breezy guitar ruffs, mellow horns, and thick bass lines, supporting deep storytelling and ear-tickling, pop-minded hooks. If you're sick of rap music that wallows in played-out themes of murder, money, and mayhem, Kero One is right up your alley. Check out "Return of Kinetic," "Love and Hate," "Count on That," and "The Last Train."

Customer Reviews

Positive music with a fantastic flow.

To those that know him, Kero is gargantuan (as well as Plug label in general) but to those who are asking 'who is this 'Kero One' fellow' I'll answer it to the best of my abilities. Kero is everything you'd want in an artist, he makes music, he writes his own lyrics, and he collaborates with some of the best talent around to those who consider his scene 'underground' (Shing02, Dumbfoundead, etc.). He's in touch with his fans, and his music is not only inspiring but it's also hip by today's standards. He spits with a positive message from staying in school to finding a good girl(or boy)friend to find and appreciating them, as well as dealing with creativity and the 'what ifs' of life, like global peace, destroying world hunger, and keeping the youth up-to-date with how we got to where we are, and trying to give everybody a fair chance. If you're reading this as an avid fan who didn't preorder the album because you didn't know or were skeptical, I assure you that this is a step in the right direction. Every song his hard and there are a few that will stand out to you since you've heard the previous albums/works of Keros'. If you're new to the scene and aren't sure if you really want to give it a shot, I assure you that this is well worth your while, it will help you through rough days, it's good to jam in the car or with friends in a social setting, and it's NEW. Don't miss out on this fantastic artist.

This is real music!

This is Kero's best album to date! This is the kind of music that should be blasting through everyone's speakers. It has real talent--not all the autotune infested garbage on the radio.

Great feel good album

This album did not disappoint, just a flat out awesome feel good musical experience.

Color Theory, Kero One
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