From time to time we think about what kind of art would fill our world if money was out of the equation. What kind of paintings and sculptures would fill our museums? What kind of movies and tv shows would we curl up in front of on a Friday night? What kind of literature would fill our libraries? And last but not least what kind of music would fill in the moments and memories of our lives?
It's an interesting idea to think about next time you're walking through your favorite museums, movie theatres, libraries and music stores (what's left of them). For better or for worse, money has been at the root and the rind of a lot of what gets pumped through the gates for mass consumption. Some for the betterment of the culture, some not so much.
All to say, what if...
What if money wasn't a factor. What if you made a hip-hop album strictly based on the lines that naturally came to your head on a daily basis?
Amigos and amigas, we proudly present an emcee out of Brownsville, Brooklyn who did just that and became one of our favorites in the process; KA.
Ka - Summer
About Ka: I've been rhyming for over 20 years and appreciate any hip hop fan who respects lyrics. I already know my songs are not for everyone. They're not for the radio, the club or the masses. My music is for those who miss early '90s hip hop when pain and struggle were the dominant themes. From my days with Natural Elements, then Nightbreed, I've always tried to remain true to what I believe is the real spirit of hip hop. If you're going to rhyme, you should have something relevant and unique to say. I decided a long time ago that I would make music for the love of it. If you can make money from art, that's a beautiful thing. But money shouldn't be the reason you make art. You make art because you can't help it. I can honestly say there's not a day that goes by that lines don't come to me. My words are an extension of who I am and I was never willing to compromise that for anyone. Guess it's just that stubborn Brownsville knucklehead in me that could never let some A&R cat tell me how to rhyme!
Lucky for me, the advancement of technology made it possible to create an album exactly how I wanted. No pressure to create a radio single. No one telling me how to flow. No instructions from people who know nothing about the creative process. After years of dreaming about making an album, I finally released one in 2008 and called it Iron Works. I use the word release loosely because my only intention was to give it to family and friends. One of those friends put it in GZA's hands and I got word that he liked it and that he'd even do a song with me. I was honored to hear that, but never really thought it would ever happen. Months later I get a phone call that he's in the studio and next thing you know I'm recording "Firehouse" for GZA's Pro Tools album. Since I don't depend on my music to eat, it's given me the freedom to have fun and not expect anything from it. I'm always surprised when people catch things I say in my songs. Almost everything I say has a double meaning and it's why more than likely you won't understand everything with just one listen. I craft my songs so that you pick up something new each time you hear it. My weapon is sharp now and I got books and books of ammo ready to let off. My Iron Works!