Aloha & Happy New Year OTDHipHop fam!! First off, sorry for not posting for a while but let’s not dwell on the negative. LOL! Needless to say, we’re back in full-force for all your underground hip hop content! With that said, today I’ll be reviewing “Exuberance” (Prod. Ghost McGrady) by fellow Hawaii artist & creative mind - Cosmic K (aka Kody D).
Check out my track review below:
First off, the beat is hella trippy. Credits to Ghost McGrady on production! It starts off with smooth bass and a chill tempo, elevates through lots of different instruments and synthesizers working together, and comes back down. Kody’s lyrics seem to be more of a diary entry and expository narrative, and sounds like a poetic rant with social commentary from an honest artist. His pen game is clever AF! In my opinion, Cosmic K reminds me of a Hawaiian local version of Asher Roth, and I mean that with props! Lol. I also dig the stoney and enlightened vibes.
Cosmic K (aka Kody D) is a 22-year old aspiring music artist/emcee and overall creative mind. Having got into hip hop/rap at 12 years old, he has and continues to be on his own cosmic journey of sorts as an artist. His music is honest and flows conscious messaging without being so preachy. Although he has his own voice, I’d say that his tone and vibe is similar to the likes of Logic, Blackbear, and Dizzy Wright. Kody is also a part of 2 different groups - The Visually Gifted and Supernatural. “I believe in divine manifestation and that I was destined to make music and enlighten the youth with the life lessons I’ve learned and through everything I’ve been through. I want my music my to bring hope and courage to anyone who listens to it,” says Kody.
Like what you hear?
Hear more of Cosmic K’s music on his Soundcloud, along with Supernatural’s new mixtape - Activation.
He also just released another collaboration track with Kuro, another Big Island-based artist.
For more from Cosmic K (aka Kody D), follow him on Twitter or subscribe to his Youtube channel.
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A Word from Jehzan:
Back in January, I interviewed Acid Droppin’ N.M.C, a Hip Hop artist from White Center, WA. Acid and his crew, Troublesome ENT, have been pushing out various content this past year. With that said, this week’s Track Tuesday segment features another Troublesome member, Joey Chambers, and his latest track, “Started in the Basement.”
Produced by Milo Waves, “Started in the Basement” is the first single off of Joey Chamber’s upcoming mixtape. The 19 year old Hip Hop artist/rapper is the younger brother of Acid Droppin’ N.M.C. The two brothers run Troublesome, a collective of artists based in their hometown, White Center. Joey’s newest track stays true to his 90s classic Hip Hop style mixed with aggressive lyricism and storytelling. The song speaks on his personal struggles and challenges, and how he uses music as a means of expression, with hopes to make it big. “People like Joey Badass that keep the real hip hop alive don't get much recognition. It’s all about the beat and flow now, let's take it back to the lyrics. That's what I really want to accomplish with my music but also spread my message and just keep it real,” said Joey Chambers.
Joey Chambers and Troublesome ENT continues to record music in Acid Droppin’ N.M.C’s room/home studio, but these young men are making it work. Both brothers have competed in Team Backpack’s Mission Underground event (online and live auditions) for the past two years. The event was most recently held in Brooklyn in May 2016. Although neither made it passed the preliminary rounds, they were able to be part of more cyphers and networked heavily. “I straight freestyled my performance (haha) but I think we did pretty good. People know who we are, we hit up a few cyphers, and networked the whole time,” said Joey Chambers. Stay tuned for more of Joey Chambers and Troublesome ENT by subscribing to on YouTube, and following Joey’s SoundCloud.
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