Brownsville’s Ka drops The Night’s Gambit, an album I’ve been looking forward to for quite a while now – and it’s a record that lives up to the expectation. Instead of being one of those 30 track 3 hour long colossi that the modern artist seems to be infatuated with, The Night’s Gambit is a stripped down, focused peace of work, entirely fitting with Ka’s deceptively casual delivery. With a voice not much more than a whisper and tones whittled down to a range of a semitone, he still manages to carry an aura about him that suggests he’s speaking with the weight of all his conscious and the burden of carrying the torch of hip hop. While the dude has ability – Ka was given a whole track to himself on a GZA album – he puts the work in too, spending a day outside the Fat Beats store earlier this week selling the vinyl prints of his album and pledging to hand deliver as many copies in NY as he can. Perhaps someone who has slipped past people’s attention, you best wake up and listen to The Night’s Gambit, an album from a true artist. Stream in full on NPR.
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