Saturday, July 14, 2012

KB - Weight & Glory [Music Review]

Artist- KB
Album- Weight & Glory
Album Length- 14 Tracks: 53 Minutes, 44 Seconds
Release Date – July 17, 2012
iPod Pick – Hello (Feat. Suzy Rock)
Genre – Hip Hop Rap

The idea and Buzz of KB seems ‘underdog’ in nature from doing covers such as Lecrae’s ‘Background‘ (on his EP ‘Who is KB?’ ) and various collaboration with major artist but it would surprise you that KB delivers on his debut with the confidence of a veteran, yeah like he’s been around a long time. Though very original in his hip, matured and at the same time youthful sound, for the sake of those who don’t know KB I would make quick comparisons of his sound with the sound of Lil Wayne (you know that low key deep slur rap he does) and B.O.B (the whole playful and youthful sound of his). And at times you would hear the care free dropping of bars of mainstream British rapper Tinie Tempah. That said let’s move on to what KB’s debut ‘Weight & Glory’ is really like.

Weight & Glory’ is really a bold project dealing with weighty themes bordered on real life issues. On ‘Hello’ (which would sure end up as your ringtone on first listen) features the amazing Suzy Rock. It’s a song about facing the new mercies God gives to us each single day. This is easy to miss but lyrics like ‘Oh I’m letting go of my yesterday. . . Every day I live is another day. I know that I’ve been forgiven’ would sure make this truth hard to miss. Hard Clap tunes aren’t left out on tracks such as ‘Angels’ and ‘Church Clap’ the latter featuring Lecrae. Listeners familiar with the metal sound of bands such as Thousand Foot Krutch and Hawk Nelson wouldn’t be too surprised at the intro of ‘Don’t Mean Much’ which features Sho Baraka.

On ‘Go Off’ which features Andy Mineo and Tedashii, you would hear fine lines such as ‘You think being meek is weak huh. Try being meek for a week’. ‘Mr. Pretender’ though might sound a bit like something we’ve heard before deals with the controversial theme of Church Hypocrisy. Open Letter (Battlefield)’ is another beautiful heartfelt track on which KB reads letters sent in probably from different fans having various struggles. You would sure raise your hands at the end of this song as KB declares boldly the ability of our God in bringing healing to his children who are broken in unimaginable ways.

Skipping the slight monotony in some tracks, an almost hardcore rap feel and lyrics a bit hard to decode, KB’s album is a great album to invest in. It’s not just dope music, this man’s got something going beneath it all. Even in his music, you would sense a fervor to reach people for God, to share His hope, grace and all He’s freely given.

If you thought Lecrae was the best thing that ever happened to the CCM rap scene or tired of songs about drugs, girls and ghetto life from mainstream rappers, you need to check out KB’s ‘Weight & Glory’, Rap music has never been this weighty.

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