Dammit Kev. I'm supposed to be saving money for something. Wasnt sure how you were gonna top the Homework album, but this joint is crazy. Keep inspiring bro. I was gonna do insurance enrollment and other adult stuff today till I heard this joint. Fu@k it, I'm doing beats all day!
Favorite track: INSPIRATION FOR THE OUTSIDE.
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Peace and thanks for your support. I'm including a bonus track(instrumental) for the bandcamp download (a track I made for Cy Young...he never got around to recording it. I actually finished up the album way sooner than i thought..) I recorded this project around the end of winter/start of spring 2018... ...It kinda stemmed from a conversation I had with my friend Hassaan Mackey about just knocking this music stuff out...trying to make a real effort to just make some noise out here. "Just make some
joints man! U rap and make beats...put some joints together and drop it on bandcamp!" I guess I was talking to myself at the same time...after getting off the phone with Mack it was like the light-bulb went off... It was a "snow day"...One of those days when b4 u even check the weather u already got a text from work saying "were closed today because of the snow"... I wasn't working that many days anyway at the store(record exchange) anyway. I got in a mind-frame of working on a new project and do a DMX (drop 2 albums in 1 year) Just do it the way I want to do it... "HOMEWORK" was already done...I had just got a new beat machine not even a year old yet...Why not???? My process was pretty simple...make a beat. If im feeling it write whatever i want to it however long or short(somewhat throwing the usual structure out the window) Since I dont really consider myself an "MC"...(people like to hear me rap for some reason) I really consider myself a production/behind the scene kinda guy...but i do my best. I used a handheld mic for the whole project this time. This is the 1st time ever for me having a beat from KAIMBR and SEAN BORN((YEP. THEY GOT BEATS!)) It was actually nice to have a little outside production...all I had to do was write and the beats gave me the words pretty much. Anyway...right now its Monday November the 26th. Im typing this stuff out listening to Nick Hakim on repeat("Lift Me Up"💥)Please forgive my errors if there are any... --Kev Brown ...BY THE WAY...I TURNED OFF THE "PLAY LIMIT" SO YOU CAN PLAY JOINTS OVER AND OVER(for the time being)...more
By his own admission, Kev Brown is a producer first, rapper second. As he once told me, writing rhymes feels like homework, making beats comes naturally. So it’s unclear what clicked for Brown on his new album, Fill in the Blank, his third record in 2018—this is his best vocal performance since 2005’s landmark I Do What I Do. Brown doesn’t discuss anything groundbreaking: He talks about shoveling the snow, using an inkpen from Vietnam, and old Mary J. Blige songs. Much like rappers Mick Jenkins, Open Mike Eagle, and yU, Brown finds comfort in the mundane. He isn’t lying about what he has for the sake of phantom street cred or likes and retweets on social media. Brown is a regular dude; his music resonates because he’s in the trenches, dealing with the BS like the rest of us. As with any of his releases, none of these songs hang around too long; he usually spits one verse—in his usual laid-back flow—and cuts quickly to the next track. Brown does this masterfully on Fill in the Blank, leading to a seamless 30-minute suite of incisive lyrics and superb instrumentals.
Of all the greatness here—the mid-’90s Flipmode stomp of “Walkin’ The Gauntlet,” or the ‘80s-inspired head nod of “Strictly Hardcore Bboy”—“Cold Reign Pt II” is the album’s best track. Using a wistful vocal sample and a J-Zone-provided drum loop, Brown takes another step toward his creative independence, a theme he started on this summer’s Homework. “Charity must be my middle name, take advantage wit no shame, breaking the chains,” he raps, aiming his ire at certain collaborators. Near the end of the album, on “Inspiration For The Outside,” Brown gets nostalgic: “Toys R Us closing down, ain’t nothin’ sacred, it’s like Doc Brown holding the picture, and the picture faded.” Equally introspective and pensive, Fill in the Blank is classic Brown, a low-key gem making a huge impact without overstaying its welcome.
--MARCUS J. MOORE
released November 27, 2018
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