Thursday, February 13, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: Keyboard Kid “Gods + Goons” (Already Dead)

                What does it mean to be hip hop?   If you are a rapper, if you rap, then you have the words, the lyrics, what the kids refer to as “spitting”.   But can you be hip hop and instrumental at the same time?  I do feel like some emcee out there has had an instrumental song on their album but I just can’t find an example right now.

                Keyboard Kid is beats.  Keyboard Kid is a lot of beats.  Keyboard Kid is big beats.  There are some sounds of synth and other types of rhythm and melody that could be attributed to hip hop/rap music, but there is just no clever lyrics.

                Could someone like Nacho Picasso, iLL LiaD or Killer Mike freestyle over this?   Absolutely.  Though on some level, it also could sound like the intermission/half time to a high school basketball game, which I have been to more than my fair share of which is still somehow under five.

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