If punk rock and blues met in a dark, cigarette smoke fogged speak easy in Gotham City and were overwhelmed by jazz-induced lust and bore a child they raised in a ghetto to an alternative soundtrack out would come Khingz. One-half of the Seattle-based group Abyssinian Creole, Khingz released his highly anticipated 2009 debut, From Slaveships to Spaceships, on Fresh Chopped Beats / MADK Productions. …Spaceships was Khingz’ first release since 2001’s Vitamin D helmed production Mi Vida Negra, written under his alias Khalil Crisis.
As Khalil Crisis, he was torn between a life of crime and his desire to be a force for change and control of his own life. From Slaveships to Spaceships is the culmination of Khingz’ transformation from a youth with a crime-haunted past, to a man of honor. The actualization of his higher self was inspired by his motivational and self-esteem building work with youth programs in Seattle (King County), Washington. Khingz also ventured east where he provided similar service for youth in Brooklyn (Kings County), New York. This move proved to be life-changing. In addition to his tales of hood antics and experience, he began to include rhymes about liberation and has inspired his listeners to think past the corners.
In recent years Khingz has embraced a nomadic lifestyle, as evidenced by long stays in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Vancouver, BC. …His debut Spaceships, reflects these travels, sharing Khingz’ broadened perspective without losing the fire that formed him into an emcee originally. His live performances have been praised as reigniting showmanship and raw emotion as key elements in moving the crowd, earning him the respect and following of his peers and fans. The education that Khingz has extracted from both the streets and scholars has proven invaluable as his lyrics and philosophy reflect. Khingz pushes the boundaries of conscious thought-provoking Hip-Hop with his feet planted firmly in his experience as a battle-tested reality MC. He gives credence to his commitment as an elite and original artist successfully (and often tortuously) forging his own path rather than follow in the footsteps of others. Spaceships is a window into Khingz’ actual journey past the imprisoned mentality plaguing some of the communities he’s lived in. He has a message for oppressed people everywhere “You are the prize over which everyone is fighting, seize yourself.” With Spaceships he is extending a hand to his people – all of you – and asking you to step off the slaveship and step on board the spaceship.
“Now enter the follow-up to From Slaveships to Spaceships, Cold Hearted in Cloud City. While not as fully realized conceptually as From S to S (a Star Wars/Khingz-as-the-Blaq-Han-Solo theme loosely holds the sci-fi element together), this record may represent more of a transition in musical styles for the emcee. Gone is the frantic urgency of previous beats, and taking that place is a far mellower vibe. It is, dare I say, more sonically “accessible.” The fact that his rhyme style still meshes well with the more delicate production, only confirms my argument that Khingz is one of the most versatile emcees currently active in Seattle.
The shift in musical styles is also accompanied by a slight shift in subject matter. Gone is the powerful declaration of liberation, which Khingz presumably nurtured to fruition on Slaveships. Cold Hearted finds Khingz getting more comfortable with his current place in the rap game. He shows he can body wack rappers with ease on “Carbonite Flow;” he confidently declares his journey through hip-hop has been unlike any other on “Kessel Run;” and shows he will gladly rock a party if motherfuckas just wanna dance on “Devilish Grin.” It’s all done with an undercurrent of trepidation, however, which never allows levity to fully embrace the record. Khingz knows there’s a poison going on (in the world and the rap game; see: “Hybernation Siccness”), and he’s too much of an introspective soul to allow himself to forget it, even for a moment.
Pho99 is the prelude to the Khake and Khoolaid album that is releasing in the very near future.
1. Vietnamese Iced
2. Town Talk 1.5
3. Khingz Is Bacc
4. Hi! 808
5. The Buddy
6. Phone Voice (Pretty Eyes)
7. Rollin Beautifully
8. Southend’s Finest
Khingz – Town Talk 1.5
Khingz – The Buddy
Khingz – Phone Voice (Pretty Eyes)
Khingz – Rollin Beautifully
Khingz Ft Big World Breaks – We Came To Play (Bonus)
Khingz – Pho99 (Download)
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