K-Riz – The Low [Review]
Edmonton, AB – An extremely busy summer of shows and events has sadly come to end. On the bright side of things, however, it’s freed up some much needed time to review the submissions that continue to flood my inbox every day. With that being said – I couldn’t have picked a better piece to start with than K-Riz’s mixtape, The Low.
I caught wind of this project via Facebook, when the Edmonton-based MC dropped it in early August. I couldn’t help but notice the positive reception it was receiving – everyone was showing him love. While Edmonton is full of talented artists – what separates K-Riz from the rest is his ability to go from a heavy-hitta spitta to a smooth and soulful crooner (a hip-hop Frank Sinatra, if you will).
Right from “The Low Introduction” K-Riz states his case with a clear message in the hook: I couldn’t be nobody else but myself / Why I don’t brag about the wealth, that’s on ya’ll / A nigga movin’ on the low, call it stealth / Push me I’ll wipe out everybody that’s involved.
In an era where artists flash anything and everything in our faces 24 hours a day – K-Riz instead chooses to keep it 100, let his music speak for itself, and he’ll slay all those cats on low. The brilliant production from LordQuest in “Fury” is reminiscent of an action scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and K-Riz drops mad bars to match. Switch up to “Skool Daze” (featuring Bricksinthehouse and LordQuest) or “Java” and you’ll feel that soulful vibe that K-Riz effortlessly embodies.
The Low includes a range of production credits including Feddicash, DJ Nato, Ephekz, and more. You’ll also catch features from the likes of J Maze, Cameron Browne, Oozeela, and Nicholas Yee. The entire compilation takes you to a place where the worlds of R & B, Soul, and Rap connect as K-Riz tells us a story of life, love, and the hustle.
In case you missed it – the K-Riz recently dropped the video for “Paradise” (featuring Habe Kitine) – and if that isn’t enough for you (and I know it couldn’t be) you can stream and download The Low on Bandcamp.
Written by Rosa Jason for HipHopCanada