Like a Prodigy of industrial discipline, Kxfi Luv is a 19-year-old emo rapper from Atlanta who is unapologetically helping define a new sound. He has propelled himself to the pinnacle of emo-rap, a sub-genre he is helping tailor into one of the decades defining new sounds. This sound which is born on Soundcloud infuses hip hop with the 00s rock heartache. He remains comfortable rapping over classic hip hop beats and rather than eschewing it, his freestyles emphasize wordplay and indeed feel indebted to the art’s form’s tradition. He expresses melodic, emo-inspired compositions that go a long way to exhibit his songwriting skill. His tracks harbor melodic flows to complement their melancholic subjects. He talks real-life and sensitive subjects that others are thinking but are afraid to speak about such as being vulnerable and hurt. He offers lyrics that touch on heartbreak and fragmented feelings. This is a groundbreaking musical approach that will help provide a sense of familiarity that heartbroken and hurting youth of the current generation can gravitate toward. True to his nature, he only writes from personal experiences and finds strength in his pain and vulnerability. While the lyrical content of his latest album “Diaries of s Deadman Vol. 2” majorly center on heartache and bitterness there are occasionally boastful songs and creative references. This is the best gift to the new generation with the album imbued with songs that are impassioned blood-lettings full of frankness and vulnerability that listeners battling similar emotional storms might be able to find comfort in. Kxfi Luv is here to ensure the legacy of love, joy, truth, and emotional honesty will live on.
On the spotlight today will be the second track “Snakeroot” which featured fellow emo rapper SADBOYDEX and a member of music group RATED UNDER and what ensues is a masterwork as the two artists work together in an effectively disquieting way under the limelight of primal resonant bass tones beneath ceaseless percussive heavy synth beats and stylistically hard-hitting organs to build a soundscape of very dark intent. It is with the heavy and resonating touch of the guitar where the gist of the melody lies and the dreamy emo vocals on display slithering through the marvelously energetic instrumentation like an anaconda! The entangling background vocals come together in unison to fashion sophisticated musicianship.
It is hard to ignore the sheer level of artistry on display which is inspiring and a delight to experience. Rhythmically, harmonically and melodically, there is a distinct sophistication to the explicit writing of this track that begs for repeated listening in order to really pick the subtle details that are engraved into the music throughout and because of the tracks incandescence and effervescence, repeated listening is a breeze.
“Sad boy bad ho’s call me dad tho’, all these nxggas bxtches number sittin’ in my trap phone. Spark a dome pass better arch it if I tap those triple six tattied on my plain bxtch xsshole” are some of the explicit lyrics on display and the upbeat rhythmic drive of the track helps keep energy levels at an all-time high and gives the track its blistering danceable quality. Melodically, there are a plethora of engaging ideas on display, whether it’d be the extraordinary flamboyance of the atmospheric drums or the short yet highly effective injections of the complementary guitar and that deep bassline that provide that quintessential vibe that’s synonymous with the emo rap. The way in which all these elements of emo, trap, and hip-hop have been melded together is magnificent and provides an abundance of contrasting stylistic quirks that continually present listeners with intriguing ideas and sounds. The recording and mix are of a very high standard and this particular track boasts exceptional sonic clarity and vibrancy. This is what you get when two energetic industrial heavyweights come together on a track. It would come as no surprise that this is not the only track they performed together and if you are aching to know how the other track turned out, all you have to do is follow him, stream the whole of this album and when you get to the tracking number 10 titled “Silent Castle”, you will thank me later. What are you waiting for?
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