KZA K’LEE: On the Come Up - ‘Straitdrop Magazine’ Album Review

>> “This album breathes nothing but true individuality and KZA’s rise to the top.”

‘Straitdrop Magazine’, KZA K’LEE’s latest album opens the gate into hip-hops radical, underground vibe of the 1990s, raising awareness of the roots that created the hip-hop scene known today. KZA K’LEE, a Rochester native, has been producing raps since he was 13, portraying a style similar to that of Joey Bada$$ or Nas. His previous album, ‘Shadow Force Complex 0001’ (December 2017) set fire to the end of 2017, which left his fans begging for more…

The Good:

Consisting of low-fi beats and Japanese culture (a recurring theme of KZA), each track on ‘Straitdrop Magazine’ conveys old school hip-hop/rap at it’s finest; paying homage to legends like the Wu-tang Clan and Pete Rock & CL Smooth. This particular album breathes nothing but true individuality and KZA’s rise to the top of the local hip-hop scene, many of his verses speak about the truths of life and the grind of a musically-inclined individual in a capitalized America.

Throughout each track in this latest album, KZA refers to his opposition to current rap culture and how far the genre has stretched to conform to the latest trend of pill-popping, beat-heavy rappers. Creating incriminations between new school and old school hip-hop, placing himself in a position of lyrical power over the latest so-called, “King of Rap”. Not only does this album speak of truth, KZA also lays his life out on the table for his listeners, sharing a love for his hometown Rochester, NY and interest for the world-renowned anime, Dragon Ball. Songs like “Supa Cold” refers to Rochester’s culture and rap scene, sending shoutouts to other local rappers like Ishmael Raps, and “Disturbia” which references KZA’s relation to the god-like abilities in Dragon Ball.

The Bad:

The only downsides to this album are that the low fi beats won’t satisfy those who are interested in the current rap trends. There is no heavy bass to get you hyped out of your mind. This throwback to low fi could be a bit too old school to convert those who are on that new shit.

The Review:

There is no doubt ‘Straitdrop Magazine’ is KZA K’LEEs finest work, so don’t lie around and catch him live at KZA K’LEE’s Album Release Show sponsored by Floated Magazine, September 15th at the Bug Jar or cop his album in the coming weeks! 4.5/5 <<

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