New Music Critique: Kilo

Texas rapper Kilo practically explodes on these recordings, which are dominated by his hyper-aggressive super-fast flow. And it proves to be pretty overwhelming at times. Interestingly, the artist uses neo-classical elements (piano, strings) as a counterweight to his heavy turns at the mic, but even those delicate touches are no match for Kilo’s withering onslaughts. He puts everything he’s got into “Living to Die,” a tornado of desperation, anger and impatience. We like the song’s fuzzed-out guitar and how he includes a hype man on “Run It.” Best of all is “On the Line” with its dramatic cellos and echoes of Eminem. As impressive as Kilo’s flow is, we urge him to develop a less-is-more approach.

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Style: Hip-Hop