Ka might not want me to make a big fuss about him, so how ‘bout just a little blog post? This Brownsville veteran emcee is self aware, lyrically raw and, for a rapper, unusually modest.
Ka claims: “I already know my songs are not for everyone. They’re not for the radio, the club or the masses.”
About his previous crew Natural Elements he says: “I felt like I was bringing them down. They were more lyrical than me; they were flipping a lot of fly shit. I went to start my own group Nightbreed. I got a little better. I think Kev was better than me, I still tell him that today.”
His flow is beautiful, every word placed with care. Nate Patrin of Pitchfork labels Ka’s delivery as “quietly straightforward; not an easy way to get a fickle listener’s attention.”
So, yes, Ka’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but his music is growing on me.
I think Ka is an elevator because he paints with care, creating albums with themes that permeate the tracks like a thick smog. Pain, regret, dread and as vivid a street tale spitter as anyone out there.
In this Out Da Box TV interview he says: “In the 80’s I was a teenage…Crack cocaine just exploded in the neighborhood. Some people think they was winning cause they was hustlin’ but it f**ked the whole hood up. I saw the death of the crack wars. We lost a lot. If I had a seed [offspring], I know I wouldn’t want my seed to experience shit like that. I feel like I’m hundred and something years old.”
Clearly he’s content with how his 2012 album ‘Grief Pedigree’ turned out:
Listen to the street knowledge observations of ‘Cold Facts’:
The bleak ‘Summer’:
And ‘Up Against Goliath’:
Here’s his Grief Pedigree album video playlist – He made a video for each track.
The refrain in ‘Children’ is a simple profound observation:
It’s the children that bring balance in the hood
So let’s not make them age faster than they should
Grab a cold drink and hang out for a few minutes with a soft-spoken street scholar. Lean in and just listen.