“I wanted to create something like an audio movie where the instrumental would serve as the score and the lyrics would narrate whatever subject matter I choose to tackle.”—Sheik Kargbo on his new album, The Speakeasy Experience
Sheik Kargbo‘s “The Speakeasy Experience” feels like 20 track audio movie. The Alexandria, VA native by way of Sierra Leone is focused on capturing certain experiences that shaped him on his new project. He teased us wth the gripping “New Neighbors” and the harrowing “Trapped (Buck Feeva),” and while these tracks helped to paint a vivid picture of what fans could expect from The Speakeasy Experience, He delivers much more by not only delivering razor-sharp rhymes, but also producing the entire album and only enlisting a few guests over its 20 tracks.
“With this album I wanted the listener to hear it from me, my experiences,” Kargbo says. “Like a one-stop shop of Hip-Hop, where the instrumental and the lyrics would develop from the same mind.”
Through maintaining creative control over his project, Kargbo was able to put together a cohesive and well-rounded listening experience while also showcasing just how deep his talents run. It’d be enough for him to be a gifted emcee and lyricist, but his skills as a producer are just as impressive. That goes for whether he’s lacing the aptly titled “Sinister” with eerie instrumentation, flirting with Hip house on “The Breather,” or layering 2pac samples into the stunning and powerful closer “Black Moor.”
The Speakeasy Experience is now available through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms through Kargbo’s own Renaissance Republic imprint.
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