"Concrete graffiti rap"
Soul King is an artist who never cared about what the masses deemed relevant. He comes from the "Supreme Era" and represents it to the fullest. This is evident from his work with the Barbershop MC's, to his collaborations with Born Allah and the Tabernacle MCz, to his solo work, which is the topic of today's post.
His latest offering, an EP entitled Black Lion, is a celebration of the Supreme Era, a time when soulful beats and lyrical content were the top priority, rather than swagger and image. And while experimentation and attempts at innovation are admirable feats, there is a lack of appreciation for those who stick to the foundation and make music that just sounds good. Most experiments are failures, after all.
And music that sounds good is exactly what you get with Black Lion. SK's smooth flow is enough to practically mask the fact this dude has bars! And with very tight, consistent production, there are no weak points here. Whether he's breaking down his manifesto, on the title track, spitting lyrical boasts ("Loco"), dropping knowledge ("Blesson"), or ripping up the mic with his comrade Born Allah ("3:16"), SK is consistently entertaining and engaging. And most importantly, the shit just sounds good.
Black Lion features appearances by Agallah, Tattoo, Tahmell and, of course, Born Allah, and production by Default, Mos Sef and Quabo QDC. It can be downloaded for free here. If you're a fan of Cypha 7, the Tabernacle MCz or the Barbershop MC's, do yourself a favour and check this out.
[Update Sept. 1, 2015] SK is now selling CD copies of this album. Hit him up on Facebook for details! $5 USD plus s&h.