Out the gate, K.Ray proves he is leagues beyond his competition. He consolidates what could have been a brisk, three-song EP, into six minutes of seamless music; and uses the track to introduce an even larger body of work. Aberrant work that borders extra-terrestrial. That is “Life’s a mess”: thirty minutes of unconventional, yet gravitating rap from a Columbus, Georgia creative. On this nine track opus, it feels as though K.Ray is almost making a point of leaning away from Hip-Hop’s present direction. Yes, he raps, but the way he does so; the way he crafts his music is unlike anything you’ve heard thus far. Modern-trap production is dispersed into clouds of melody and liquid-like drums. Introspective rhymes abruptly ascend into autotuned harmonies and sampled chops. The album completely embodies its title. It is a mess that us listeners can’t even begin to clean. Yet, by the end of its runtime; by the end of this mind-opening body of work, you won’t want to, either way.
“Life's A Mess” on Soundcloud
Recent Interview w/ K.Ray