Disclaimer: All views presented in this Album Review are those of the album reviewer and not of DJ Wade-O.
As much as I love Hip-Hop, there has always been one thing that has always bothered me about it. This is the uncertainty of the genre. You hear an artist, fall in love with his music, and spend a lot of time wondering if you’re going to hear from him again. I can’t even count how many times I have become a fan of an artist, bought his album and never heard from him again. It’s kind of like being a fan of a TV show, getting wrapped up in the plot and characters, and you don’t know how long it will last or when it will end.
The uncertainty isn’t only in if an artist’s career will end, there’s also a fair amount in when you’ll hear from the artist again. There are times in Hip-Hop when an artist won’t put out new music for multiple years. This can be torturous for a fan of that artist.
This leads us to KamBINO, who has not released a project since his mixtape “The Decision” in August of 2011. KamBINO fans haven’t heard much from the MC over the past two years, and it’s been a long two years. The good news is that Kam is back! On July 9th Kam will release his sophomore project “InDependence.” No one really knows what to expect from this release, but fans of CHH are sure hoping Kam’s return is a triumphant one.
3 Things I Liked
Lyricism – The first thing that jumps out about KamBINO is his punchlines. In my opinion, I believe that Kam is one of the best punch liners in all of CHH. InDependence is no different. Kam brought his classic punchline flow that fans have come to love, and he even took it up a notch. What made this record so good was that he displayed a strong level of consistency. Most punchline rappers lack this ability and will just hit you with a great one every once in awhile. Kam continually hits the listener with strong punches throughout the record.
Sound – This was an area that surprised me a little bit. I was expecting the usual formula that most MC’s use: Hard bass-knocking beat, slower track with a soft melody. Kam even used this formula to an extent on his first record. He completely abandoned this idea on this album though. The music was complex and varied throughout. Each track sounds different and will give the listener a different feel. That made this record an easy listen and a very enjoyable one.
Album Quality – This was the most impressive thing I noticed from Kam on this record. It was 18 tracks long and almost every song was solid. That is pretty hard to do but Kam did it with relative ease. The whole album flowed together well and there were no real dull points. Kam consistently performed at a high level on this record and really showed how much he has grown as an artist.
2 Things I Didn’t Like
“Eternal (The Whole Time)” – The production on “Eternal” sounds exactly like that of the Black Knight and Social Club record “Work,” that came out earlier this year. KamBINO did explain to Wade-O Radio the production similarities, as both he and Black Knight leased the track from the same producer. It doesn’t take too much away from the record, but it did take away from my listening experience a little.
The Use of the “N” Word – I’m not quite sure how this became a trend in CHH but it seemingly has. Several rappers have used it on their records throughout this year. KamBINO is the next artist to be added to this list. Even though I do believe there can be a proper time for this word to be used (i.e. Sho Baraka “Jim Crow”), more often than not, it’s being used just for the sake of using it. This seems to be the case on InDependence. Kam used the “N” word a few times on the record and there didn’t seem to be any purpose for it other than him just saying it. I wasn’t offended by his use of the word; I didn’t like it because it seemed a little pedestrian and awkward on the record. I would have liked it better had he said something else on those occasions.
In the grand scheme of things, two years isn’t really a long time, but with everything that has been going on in CHH, two years feels like so much longer. That has had KamBINO fans and CHH as a whole clamoring for some new stuff from him. InDependence is a record that will satisfy his fans and Christian Hip-Hop. It is also a strong enough record to bring in a whole new fan base. This is the perfect record for Kam to come back on and with this record, I definitely think he made a triumphant comeback.
InDependence isn’t a perfect record, but it is a very good one. KamBINO came back better than ever and you can see where he grew as an MC. There are some area’s where Kam could still grow. He could still become a better song maker, because there were some spots on this record that could have had some better hooks or bridges. But what makes Kam so special is that his incredible 16’s overshadow any small misstep or growth area. KamBINO is a fantastic punchline rapper and with every song he does he becomes a better artist. CHH is better with KamBINO spitting verses and making songs, so it’s a great thing that he’s back.