The Night's Gambit (Explicit)
Released: Jul 2013
Label: Iron Works Records
Brownsville rapper Ka frequently references chess and martial arts, positing The Night's Gambit in a lineage that starts with '90s Rotten Apple hardcore, an era where he began his career, and continues with this older-and-wiser veteran who tries to "better the block" and "prays for the gift of breathing." He rhymes in a whisper -- "as cold as limestone/ The flow is the grout" -- and the lo-fi loops of "Jungle" and "Nothing Is" unfold subtly like midnight dreams. It takes the whole of the album to absorb Ka's vision of rap as spiritual insight; there are no clubby singles or shortcuts here.
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