- AUGUST 3RD
- DELUXE COLOR VINYL LP W/ BONUS 45
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The DMV's own, Kev Brown has announced his first solo rap album since 2005. Hailing from Palmer Park in Landover, Maryland specifically, after a 13 year hiatus, the producer/MC has finally prepared the sophomore sequel to 2005's influential cult classic, "I Do What I Do.” Entitled, "Homework", KB and Redefinition Recs have partnered to release an LP the game has been missing for too long. Now 13 years is a long wait, but don't think Kev has been idle in obscurity. He has been involved with several collaborative projects, garnered tons of production credits and released over a half dozen beat tapes during that time frame. It is also important to note, that he was in no rush to drop another rap album and preferred to compose "Homework" organically and at his own pace, in the comforts of his own home; hence the title.
Though Brown is known as one of Hip Hop's elite producers from heavyweights like Diamond D, Pete Rock, Busta Rhymes, Peter Rosenberg, 9th Wonder and Jazzy Jeff, he is a man of many hats. If you happen to meet him in person, he may be seen rocking a low pulled bucket hat, but he has been known toggle between titles of producer, MC, recording/mixing engineer, A&R and executive producer to boast a few. You might even catch him harmonizing on the occasional background vocal when he's inspired. To Kev's fans from all over world, they don't see a man of multiple hats, but a king wearing a crown. Even the likes of BJ Armstrong from Chicago Bulls first 3-Peat fame has been spotted publicly showing Kev's music appreciation. Kev has inspired thousands of aspiring fans as well as his peers. His trademark sound has been emulated over the last decade by so many artists and his sonic impact is very evident even among his contemporaries.
It all started on the Akai MPC2000xl and the rest is history (It should be noted that Kev appeared in one of or possibly even the very first “beat making” videos ever posted on youtube way back in 05/06). Kev Brown's debut album was groundbreaking in so many areas that the recording itself and Kev is cemented as legendary. It would be no surprise that Hip Hop would ask for the next installment and he's nowhere near done leaving his mark. "Homework" is a seamless nonstop exhibition of KB's range.
Kev raps confidently and wisely throughout the album's 27 tracks. yrically it's personal, introspective, comedic, observatory and witty delivered in Kev's smooth baritone style. Vocals are equally complimented by instrumentals all produced by the man himself and fluidly morph into instrumental compositions too good to be considered interludes.
These days Kev produces on whatever he feels like. The album was composed using several different samplers and recording technologies, but the vibe is never compromised. Returning to his roots, this a very "Hip Hop" album. The drums are are hard, the recordings are unpolished, samples are obscure, manipulated and unrefined.
"Homework" is the perfect game plan for today's climate. And for those who haven't, do your homework on this man. You won't be disappointed.
02. STILL TRIUMPHANT
03. BACK HOME
04. WALKIN' THRU THE METRO
06. TELL ME ABOUT THE STUFF
07. BLUEPRINT FROM THE MASTERS
08. WE'RE ARTISTSSS
09. NON DESTRUCTIVE CHOP
11. LOOK AT THE WAY THE WORD MOVE
12. NO GIMMICKS
13. HOMEWORK PART ONE
14. HOMEWORK PART TWO
15. PUT IN A LOT OF TIME
16. CONTINUE ON
17. THE BUTTERY HOTNESS
18. SUPERMAN III
19. GITTIN' DOWN 2 BIZNESS
20. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO WIN FT CY YOUNG
22. LIKE DAT
23. PASSION / ENERGY / HEART
24. CHANGE TAKES PLACE
26. WAITING FOR YOU
27. I KNOW THIS STYLE
BONUS TRACKS (ON CD & BONUS 45 INCLUDED W DELUXE LP ONLY)
29. REAL LIFE (FT KAIMBR & CUTS BY DAMU, PROD BY HASSAAN MACKEY)
In response to your Bandcamp Farewell..
This is the most disappointing thing I’ve ever read..Please reconsider Kev..I’m not in your shoes so I can’t tell you how to feel, I imagine this was an agonizing decision to arrive at. You’ve inspired me since “Always” and I pray that people get wind of this and come out the woodwork for you in support..You have a fan in me for LIFE! We’ve talked before briefly about where I should set my price when it comes to pricing my own beats..Fyi, I’m not making any headway either…and I fell in love with music at age 3..I played guitar, trumpet and piano for 6 yrs, all before H.S. Picked the MPC-60 in ‘91 and that’s been my life ever since..As you know, being a creator is damn near a thankless job..I felt like, in my experiences, that I was being used and not respected..I watch your beat-vids all the time and marvel at your techniques Bro..This news of you not making any more music is crushing my spirit as I type this..I pray you’re able to find a place within you that allows for your beats to continue and not stop completely..A fan forever. David Timmons aka D.Les
PS: Don’t stop totally….Please.
PPS: If you do, I begrudgingly overstand