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Album Review: Black Knight – The Young Future EP

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Disclaimer: All views presented in this Album Review are those of the album reviewer and not of DJ Wade-O.

I-I-It’s The Black Knight! The infamous tag line of producer Black Knight has become a staple among some of the hottest tracks throughout CHH. After a super year of production credits and collaborations, BK has put together another EP for the community titled The Young Future. For a guy who is seemingly all over the place, the fact that he has had the time to put together a project is astounding. After a few listens to this EP, I feel I am well equipped to dissect the meat of this project, so lets get right to it.

The EP

I usually break things down between content, music, and sometimes concept, but I believe that all three of these are melded into one with this project. With a title like The Young Future, I feel that the music represents this title more than what the songs lyrics do. For a guy who is just turning 20 years-old at the time of this review, his hand has been on some of the biggest records in CHH, over the past two to three years. If I dare say it, the sounds and style coming from this young brother represents the “future” of this “young,” upcoming generation. The tracks, the type of effects on the vocals, the way the songs flow and so on. It’s up next, but even more so, it’s now.

One thing you can always say about Black Knight is that he’s not what I call a “nostalgia producer.” He isn’t stuck in the ways of the past. He’s unafraid to try other genres and use crazy sounds in his beats. That kind of mindset brings beats that will bang hard from your speakers. One can easily get lost dancing to the EP’s first single “Headphones.” I actually had to stop dancing so that I could listen to the words of the song. I could easily see the same thing happening while listening to “Let the Bass Go” and “Give you Away.” There is a line that says:

“hold up, I think y’all caught me drifting off/

Don’t that good music always tend to make you drift off?”’

And that’s exactly how I felt listening to “FGM” (Feel Good Music”). I drifted off into the music, once again, having to stop myself and listen to the lyrics. Especially after he started us off with “Clappin,” and giving God praise in this real laid-back-tempo track as the intro to the EP. The repetitious nature of the song choruses lend the ear to memorize easily, but can be a double edged sword, as you can be lulled into a listeners trance – missing entire verses altogether.

That fact is my only gripe. I personally feel that for all songs but one, the music’s presence overlapped the lyrics. I really had to make myself listen to the lyrics for a lot of the songs. Not saying that they were bad songs, but they weren’t lyrically gripping me enough to listen to it beyond the cool melodies and hot beats. On the flip side, I also don’t think BK may care about that, seeing as his forte is making music anyway.

Since his time is spent on honing his skills to make groundbreaking tracks, he may not be concentrating on becoming the nicest lyricist you’ve ever heard. I can only respect that. But even with that being a gripe of mine, there are more positives than negatives in this EP. Featuring the likes of Rhema Soul, SPZRKT, and RPSMG, the connections that BK has made lends their talents to nicely round out a few tracks, I really enjoyed the vocals of whoever the singer was on “Give you Away,” and anywhere else there was a feature, it sounded like they were an organic match with the track. There were well made choices for collaborations on this project all around.

Conclusion

There is a consistent cry among the body of Christ for a remedy in our world. The secular music that is out sounds good, but many Christians know that it’s not something they should be constantly listening to because the content is always nonsense. They want to be able to enjoy the music without having to worry about what they’re going to be hearing in the song. This is where The Young Future EP excels. Black Knight makes tracks that are relevant. The tracks are up to date and sound like they could be on any radio station tomorrow.

The lyrics aren’t always super heavy, so you can have fun and dance to it and there are no hidden agendas. It’s just music coming from the heart of a blessed young man who is devoted to Christ. If you need some tracks to ride out to, or if you feel like you just want to dance with your “headphones” on, make sure you pick up this EP, because it’s a part of that alternative that we have been looking for. It’s great to know that such production talent is within the body, because if this is the future of the genre, I believe that Black Knight will be right in the mix, helping to shape the sound of a nation for Christ.

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Daniel Cody is the engineer for the Wade-O Radio podcast and producer of The Life Change radio program for 4th Generation Ministries. He has a Bachelors Degree in Music Production & Record Engineering. He has a passion for authentic rap about the Gospel and collaborates with all genres of Christian music with his production company - Man of God Productions. Follow him on Twitter @DRoyulMOG.

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