The domination of independent art is the keep sake of the current generation. The absolute indulgence into the prime workings of a musical craft, is not only rejuvenating the cold hip hop state, but allows the creative waves to travel the distance. Last night, Union City artist Kenji released his newest full project entitled “The Gospel of Trap”, and no lie, this joint is fuego.After the opening prayer, the album unravels itself into many shapes and forms. When you listen to it straight through, it was elite in its ability to take you to different heights via the flow structures and production quality. Executively Produced by the big homie Cito on the Beat, the project was packed with a street aesthetic and undeniable intensity.
While the intro featuring EnjayChris was dope with respect to the theme, the album truly begins on the next song “100 Bandz”. It was the perfect preface to what the future would hold later on in the tracklist. 100 Bandz is calm but gutter at the same time, and sung into your ears with incredible cadence and bounce. As I continued on, there was a certain character value that played into it for me as well. Kenji has received legit cosigns from a ton of NJ creatives I know and respect. So to open up this body of work and hear why the homies rock with him was an honor in itself.
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You can tell that every corner of the project was put together with great intent, and was sharpened and polished over and over until it was right. Amongst the 10 tracks within The Gospel of Trap sat an ill array of hip hop contributors. With names like 070Phi, YOUNG SYRUP, and Mr. “Swag for Sale” himself, rapper FuegoGamo– the featured songs added a nice coating to the individual parts of the project. It is a known fact that there is power in the order your album plays in. I was impressed by the vocal patterns and rhyme structure of each track, but even more so impressed by the overall consistency that didn’t get bland or become uninteresting.
On Both Sides
Production Wise– The entire project was solid. Every beat encompassed the energy Kenji was bringing to the booth. I loved the simple piano riffs with the heavy bass patterns, and there were a lot of airy/atmospheric tones that gave off that true Gospel of Trap feel. While the percussion was pretty standard throughout, the drifting melodies and bang-factor definitely gave wings to this beast of an album.
Artist Wise– Kenji is a keen song writer and knows exactly where his lane is. He remains in the pocket with cadence, content, and character, and delivered a great piece of hip hop artistry with this project. As I would say to some of my friends: If you’re looking for a super lyrical/metaphorical rap album, this isn’t for you. But the energy and song sculpting abilities heard throughout The Gospel of Trap are incredible. Not only is Kenji phenomenal in his art form, but his hustle still remains top tier in his field. There were harmonies, well placed choruses, and melody the whole way through. Definitely the best gospel I’ve ever heard.