Review: KAaM’s “Choruses” mixtape

COOLIFE ENTERTAINMENT’s CEO KAaM drops his “Choruses” mixtape.

The 13 track mixtape, includes 5 skits, and proves to be a solid collection. Having met the artist himself, he’s only showcasing a taste of what he’s capable doing with his flow and the stories he tells through his music. I’ve heard him freestyle and he’s capable of dropping knowledge and telling a meaningful story that flows at a drop of a hat. While I’m a fan of when he can bring a 90’s feel and sound to his music, this mixtape gives you a modern feel.

Those who played NBA 2k17 are probably familiar with Kali Uchis track “Ridin’ Round.” KAaM’s cover provides a fun track to this mixtape as he interjects himself having a conversation with Uchis.

KAaM later gets into a serious track covering Kanye West’s “Father Stretch My Hands” from his “Life of Pablo” album. He talks of his experience in the black community worshipping false gods by looking up to those “so called ballers” that end up in jail and the church that spends more time taking tides and offerings than preaching the word of God. The message and stream of KAaM’s lyrics in “Father Stretch My Hands” is tenacious. Lacking a hook and perhaps another verse prevents this track from reaching its full potential as it could be a hit reminiscent of a Bone Thugs & Harmony track.

In “Loyalty” I feel the instrumental was a little too loud as the first time around I had trouble hearing Sincere K as he was below the mix. While there is some substance in the verses performed, to me this cover did them a disservice with the instrumental overpowering their bars.

I’m loving the late 90s feel to “So Anxious.” KAaM’s lyrics are crisp especially on the “ottle” rhyme scheme on 2:15. This carries over to the “Bonus: Weed Song.” I feel like the sound and feel of these songs better suit his talents talents. KAaM’s flow is always strong but I feel the sound of these tracks brings more attention to it if that makes sense, kind of like how butter brings out more of the taste in oatmeal.

Modern fans will like “Kyoto” & “Crew”, but I think the bonus track is your top banger on this mixtape. When listening to “Kyoto” I recommend watching his latest video with it as the visuals compliment the track appropriately with KAaM showing you more of the COOLIFE lifestyle.

I’m excited for what KAaM does next and see the potential in him as an artist which is why I have high expectations. If he keeps going with the momentum he can be a powerful artists depending on the direction he heads. KAaM has the raw talent-sugar & flour-but if he can add the butter, in his case a music producer that can match his better vibes, especially when he provides the 90’s feel to his music, he can be a dangerous Hip-Hop artists sooner rather than later.

Drop your comments below after taking a listen to KAaM’s mixtape “Choruses.”

By Gino Terrell

This article was originally published in MCXV.


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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