Much like a comic book character, K-JiL hails from another dimension known as JiLville. JiLville is the Promised Land of the underdogs. K-JiL is the lead underdog of JiLville and every so often comes back to our dimension to rescue his fellow underdogs. Musically, K-JiL blends sounds of hip-hop, rock and even some classical sounds. He brings his imagination into his music to take listeners for a ride. With his 50’s image and high-energy stage presence, K-JiL breaks the boundaries of what a hip-hop artist should sound and look like.
I’m not a fan of main stream hip hop, more the alternative stuff (the Roots, Talib Kweli, Common, etc.), so when I put on “Typewriter”, the latest single by K-JiL, I was pretty worried that I would have had to succumb to yet another hyped-up hip hop ‘classic’. Truth is I needn’t have worried in the slightest. This song is so innovative that it almost seems before its time!
Almost a concept single of sorts, interspersed with narrations, “Typewriter”, is experimental and accessible at the same time.As broad as the hip-hop genre has grown, this track breaks the mold, making it tough to compare it to any other artist. The beat is complex and futuristic, and extremely well produced. , K-JiL’s flow is deliberate, not always rapping and not quite singing, while the lyrics are quite bizarre and matches the beat hit for hit.
The subject matter offers a depth not often seen in hip-hop. K-JiL follows a storyline start to finish, diving into his consciousness and the creative world his dreams grew up in. He combines so many elements from different music genres that no other hip hop artist sounds like him.
K-JiL embodies some new elements of hip hop that is much needed. He is not afraid to rap about his rampant imaginings instead of the usual bling bling. His amazing production is also one, of an artist roaming and searching in a new dimension of hip hop. If more and more upcoming hip hop artists hunted for their own individual sound and produced intellectually sharp lyrics like K-JiL, then hip hop may have a chance to redeem itself from its current deep sleep.
If you are looking for traditional hip-hop, or traditional anything, then “Typewriter” andK-JiLis not for you. If however you are looking for something different then this single is just that. “Typewriter” which is from the upcoming album “The Comfort Zone Season 2” fuses a lot of different things together, and then adds a large dose of new!