The production here is splendid and was handled by Bueffard Mallary. The all-embracing structure, agile background elements, median speed, and intellectual vibe pair up distinctively. There is no hook placed on this record. The pacing is such that it allows the listener to take everything in without being overwhelmed though. So it works out fitly. The ceaseless verse is honorable. EK exhibits a driving flow, matter-of-fact wordplay, and philosophic rhymes. He conveys socially driven sentiments that truly leave the listener with a lot to meditate over. A couple of exceptional lines include: “Broken children, 40 acre and a mule. Mr. Huxtable was never in my view. (…) Ruthless cause the 80’s babies taught me f–k you, pay me. Pop pills like bubble gum. (…) I spoke to mama yesterday. Said you need God to validate. But I’m a free thinker who f–king drink liquor. I dream about six figures. I wish my shift quicker. Usually don’t amount to much. But shine like big dipper.” One has to respect the openness in those bars right there. As a whole, this is an enriching offering.
**My Two Cents: So I was looking for something a little out of the norm to post and remembered that this was sitting in my inbox. Checked it out and was immediately drawn to it. The beat is quality and the content breeds thought. Which is always a nice attribute for music to have. Also, enjoyed this introduction of sorts to EK. He has an embraceable style and his pen game is fly. I will make it a point to check out Hands Of Time for sure when it drops. Readers should go ahead and give “Nightmares Of The Kennedys” a spin. -MinM