Over a sunny afternoon in Atlanta, GA we ride from the city as Chikwe Jah discusses his new album Kingdom of Kush. The veteran MC is apparently taking all this in stride because he discusses his third studio release as well as what reggae along with the record companies mean to him. Seamlessly flowing over the history of rap, his respect for that culture immediately leaves an impression upon me. Because the rapper discusses sets from his favorite strains of marijuana, to politics, to legacy it is very apparent that we're set for something special.
If we commence to hear Kingdom of Kush I will be struck by the strength of rap, and also by only some songs in I recognize very succinctly that hiphop has just evolved. After a spoken word opening entitled "Joy Also comes in the Morning" featuring poet Tricia Hersey the rapper waste virtually no time and hits us with "Caucasian Rich" a song with your amazing musicality that my head generally is expected to rock rhythmically together with the biggest appearance of satisfied stank on my small face.
The album offers a diverse landscape of sound and lyric, but overall Kingdom of Kush empowers and left me which has a feeling which i had just met certainly one of hip hop's greatest lyricists. Currently when rap is oversaturated with mumbles, grunts, and adlibs Chikwe Jah reminded me that words are readily available and still have great meaning, yes� reggae still lives. His diversity in subject matter and depth of lyricism is both refreshing and entertaining. A single moment i was drifting down Ponce De Leon Ave with my head being eroticized by "Sex Fiend" as well as in another connecting using the emotion of unapologetic black survival in "Stay Lit".
Without hyperbole, Kingdom of Kush is among the most meaningful album of this year. Its neoteric narrative of black life in the us, and contemporary flows input it in the group of its very own. Reggae has seen a great deal of cons, but Chikwe Jah is not one too. As we arrive at Tacos and Tequilas for supper, I'm thinking this feels classic, the rapper has permit me to tune in to the entire album as well as in a very humble tone asks me "what think?" I be sure he understands plain and simple "you rock!!!"