[Album Review] 3 Reasons Why KB’s “Weight & Glory” is Reach Records Best Debut Album
Disclaimer: All views presented in this Album Review are those of the album reviewer and not of DJ Wade-O.
A debut is always interesting. They are usually steeped in pressure, anticipation, excitement and most of all uncertainty. A debut can go really well and you can blow people away. Or it can go bad and you can, essentially, be forgotten.
I remember my first review for this site. I felt a lot of pressure because it was my debut. My previous written work was never published on a stage this big and I was afraid to make a bad first impression. That article, therefore, was very difficult to write. I actually rewrote it 4 times. The pressure to leave our readers with a good first impression was heavy
That said, I could only imagine the amount of pressure KB felt by releasing his debut on Christian Hip Hop’s most popular label, Reach Records. With all of the marketing, popularity and history of success, expectations for a release from Reach are always high. Add on the additional pressure of a debut and curiosity was higher than normal. On July 17th all of those questions were answered and answered in a big way. With “Weight & Glory” KB not only met the high expectations but he surpassed them by doing 3 things not seen on any other Reach debut.
There were 3 things KB did on “Weight & Glory” that made it the best debut for a Reach Records artist:
It usually takes an artist two to three records before they find, and get comfortable, with their sound. It’s rare that an artist comes out on their debut album already comfortable in their sound. But KB was able to make this rarity a reality on “Weight & Glory” with consistency and confidence.
KB isn’t new to the game. He has gathered a pretty solid fan base in Florida with H.G.A. (His Glory Alone) his former group. He was apart of two mixtapes with the group and performed on stages as big as Flavor Fest. As such, I wasn’t totally surprised by his maturity as I’ve followed his ministry for a while. He’s been doing what he did on this album for several years, albeit, on smaller stages.
The depth in his lyrics and confidence in his sound showcased his maturity. There were times when I forgot that he was 24. He navigated through tough topics easily and brought a deep understanding and knowledge of scripture. Christo-centric rhymes were expected (as is with any Reach artist) but it was his knowledge and depth that impressive me the most. The best representation of this was on the song “Weight Music”, when he said this:
“…you feel it this is more than music
The weightiness of the Savior can bury and consume you
Yeah that weight got a weight to it awaking you to God
Yeah that wake got a weight to it come and see a man who died”
With this level of maturity this early in his career I’m extremely excited to see what the future has for this young MC.
Weight and Glory’s Versatility
While I did expect his maturity to shine thru on Weight & Glory, I didn’t expect KB’s debut to be so diverse musically.
He switched his flow often throughout the record and he mastered the transition from “twisting” (which is what he was known for) to a regular flow. He also gave the listener a variety of styles throughout the record. This gave fluidity to the album and made it easy to listen all the way through.
KB’s musical offering ranged from the up-tempo, down-south party starter “Zone Out” featuring Chris Lee Cobbins to a heart felt and honest story of two fans on the song “Open Letter” featuring Jai and Swoope. Excelling musically on songs this diverse is difficult even for a veteran in the game. KB made it look easy.
Weight and Glory’s Album Quality
Debut albums usually have holes in them: parts of the album that aren’t very good or forgettable. Weight and Glory didn’t. From start to finish “Weight & Glory” was an enjoyable experience. There weren’t any songs that I wanted to skip over or I felt didn’t fit in the record. Each song was meant to be a piece of a puzzle, and when put together it formed a thoroughly entertaining puzzle.
Musically he was able to keep the listener engaged via his aforementioned versatility. Lyrically he switched from punch lines to storytelling, which engaged the listener throughout. Theologically he had enough on this album to keep even the deepest theologian interested.
When you put all of these things together you have a complete album: an album that can be enjoyed from start to finish. This was the most impressive part of “Weight & Glory.”
On his debut, KB was able to do some things that I didn’t hear on the other Reach Records debuts’. This is no knock on those other albums, because those are solid records. It speaks more about what KB did. KB came out on the biggest stage and gave us a complete record with versatility, maturity, theological content and tremendous playback value. That was the difference between this and the other Reach debuts’; they just didn’t have everything “Weight & Glory” did.