11 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A hip-hop veteran hailing from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood, KA got his start in the early '90s with underground favorites Natural Elements. In recent years he's made a major comeback, releasing several high-quality, self-produced albums that have won him props from such disparate sources as Okayplayer, NPR, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork. Rocking a distinctly raspy, almost-whispered flow, he lays down an advanced assortment of autobiographical rhymes that address his appreciation for true hip-hop ("Off the Record"), nightly shenanigans in the city ("Knighthood"), and the inevitabilities of middle age ("Our Father"). As with last year's excellent Grief Pedigree, the beats here are extremely understated and minimal: just sparse drums sprinkled with darkly atmospheric loops to set the mood. Roc Marciano lends a hand on "Soap Box," but other than that it's all KA, delivering a low-key avalanche of storytelling verses that also touch on chess, religion, and the sometimes grim realities of BK.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

A hip-hop veteran hailing from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood, KA got his start in the early '90s with underground favorites Natural Elements. In recent years he's made a major comeback, releasing several high-quality, self-produced albums that have won him props from such disparate sources as Okayplayer, NPR, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork. Rocking a distinctly raspy, almost-whispered flow, he lays down an advanced assortment of autobiographical rhymes that address his appreciation for true hip-hop ("Off the Record"), nightly shenanigans in the city ("Knighthood"), and the inevitabilities of middle age ("Our Father"). As with last year's excellent Grief Pedigree, the beats here are extremely understated and minimal: just sparse drums sprinkled with darkly atmospheric loops to set the mood. Roc Marciano lends a hand on "Soap Box," but other than that it's all KA, delivering a low-key avalanche of storytelling verses that also touch on chess, religion, and the sometimes grim realities of BK.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

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40 Ratings

Amazing album

Bryan11579

Ka is a true lyricist

Ka

Jetguy80

Grief Pedigree was amazing and Ka is a great lyricist so I immediately bought this. More subdued than Pedigree but equally dope. Nice concept on the last song using references to classic albums as lyrics. Buy this!

Ka stays on Deen!

bboycult

Rock w/this independence and ingenuity...Ka' s canonical output since Iron Works proves an artist/emcee worthy of carrying true/honest HipHop culture on his back well into this 21st Century! --bboycult

About KA

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 to guest on the song "Firehouse" on Pro Tools. 2012's Grief Pedigree and 2013's The Night's Gambit followed on his own Iron Works label. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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