UKWELI (Album) - KORB$

UKWELI (Album) - KORB$

Of all of the innumerable talented young rappers in Nairobi I have to say that Korb$ has emerged as one of my favorite of the bunch over the past several months, boasting a promising catalog if you look hard enough. 💯 He’s still young but when listen to him, he has this unique way of sharing the wealth of life experience and tribulation under his belt by masterfully turning it all into songs that have gripping lyrics and that make you stare back into your own soul in a particularly unexpected way. 💭 And while his sound doesn’t necessarily scream emotional potency, this camouflage of sorts makes him all the more interesting to me. 👀 For his obvious confidence and the rhythm in which he rides beats and seamlessly switches flows, easily convinces me that Korb$ much like Kahu$h, is sitting on the next huge street/club smash hit in the city, and it’s coming sooner rather than later. 💥 But at the same time, don’t for a second overlook how well he tells his stories, without ever falling off pace or having to force lyrics. 💬 The intro “Black Heart” is a heartfelt and reflective tune starting off the album on a introspective and somewhat mournful tone that’s both equal parts upliftingly melodic but also lyrically depressing. 🖤 He then pulls a complete 180 on the next track switching to a more hopeful tone with “Dreams”, which is a particularly bright spot for me and possibly my favorite song, as he skates over a glossy and bubbly trap instrumental and details his journey from top to rock bottom delivering what was imo, the catchiest hook on the entire album. ⛽️ Among other personally notable mentions include, “Dollar Signs, Dunda, Focus” and particularly the emotional cut “Whiskey Chaser” that openly and truthfully details his vices, pain and daily struggles through his life, which i believe, best expresses the general message he intended to get across from start to finish on this album. 🥃 What’s clear is that Korb$ has undeniable potential and that alone should warrant him being mentioned in the same breath with a whole lot of other artists who have exponentially more listeners at this point, and i’m excited to watch him and his friends lead this city’s rich rap scene boldly forward into this new decade. 🌟 It’s like he says, “can we just head to the future when I get paid in abundance?” 💰