Album Review: King Los Becomes Rap Royalty with 'God Money War'
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:11:27
Baltimore spitter solidifies his place at the top of the genre with flawless new project.
King Los has had his sights set on the crown for years. It became a reality to the general public when Kendrick Lamar praised his take on the "Control" freestyle a few years back, however, hip-hop heads and true fans recognized his power back when Zero Gravity dropped. Everybody will feel it and see it with God Money War, his first official major label project out via RCA Records now. This is a unique, unbridled, and undeniable story that's as focused and fresh as a film. It's also just as nuanced, blending moments of vulnerability with some of the most vicious and vital rapping you'll hear all year.
A soulful piano kicks off the thought-provoking "War" [feat. Marsha Ambrosius], where he eases back on the volume and speed to allow his words, "There's a war going on," to really impact and resonate. Everything builds into a classy crescendo that feels even more potent when juxtaposed with his rapping. One of many standout anthems, "Ghetto Boy," sees him deliver pure mic fire exploding after a guitar break declaring, "This s*** needs some soul." He might admit, "I'm too real to dream," but this album is a dream for rap fans everywhere looking for something deeper. At the same time, "Good Money War" and "Lil Black Boy" see him flex his delivery once more to properly elevate each bar with conviction and charisma.
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