ALBUM REVIEW: "Indicted Mind" By Ken Rebel
"I am going to be the next to change someone's mind. The next for people to listen to my music and it enlightens them." (via XXL Mag)
21 year old rapper Ken Rebel's beaming confidence is reminiscent of a young Kanye West (who's proven to be right time and time again) and Indicted Mind is an amazing start to Rebel's legacy. "I met Ye, I ain't tell him my story. I was too shocked by his presence." Rebel states on his sobering track "I Don't Know Why I've Been Living Through This Irony".
Back in 2015, he had massive success with his single "Underwater Rebels" featuring Keith Ape, Okasian and Jay All Day - cultivating over two million streams on SoundCloud. Although I've only recently discovered Rebel's talents from his track "Day N' Nite" that popped up on my Discover Weekly playlist, his self-aware and calculated lyricism goes unnoticed throughout the 11 tracks on Indicted Mind.
The second track on the record "Brooklyn Bastard (Glyn Brown Skit)" beings with atmospheric static cutting in and out of a sample of Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential Acceptance Speech. As I was reminiscing on the historic time of President Obama's election win, it felt metaphorical that Rebel used that specific sample in light of the recent presidential election. To refer to the opening quote from Rebel: " I am going to be the next to change someone's mind." Using your words to force the listener to look inside themselves and ask questions is something artists should strive for and Rebel achieved that.
Rebel's music is a cohesive blend of influences from his childhood in New York and Atlanta trap that's popular today. You can hear inspiration from artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Biggie in Rebel's lyrical prowess, while the impressive production fits in the region of producers like Metro Boomin and Sonny Digital.
Track seven titled "Pussy 4 Sale" featuring Rome Fortune, Miloh Smith, Shemida J showcases the impressive production with the use of samples from real life interactions that adds a comfortable fluidity throughout the album. "Need that money, who cares", Shemida J sings over the groovy R&B cut - another clever example of Rebel pushing the narrative....forcing us to think of the undesirable things people have to do in order to survive.
As a whole, Indicted Mind is the story of a young man in the middle of the road. Ken Rebel is wise beyond his years but still has a lot of room to grow both musically and spiritually, and that's truly the most exciting part.
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