BY: GABY MORENO
Artist: Indian K (One Feature: Ric Scales)
Rating: 4/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, lyricism, beats, production, and cadence)
Release Date: November 14, 2018
Buy/Purchase album: All music/streaming platforms
Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,
In honor of Throwback Thursday today I will be reviewing Indian K’s album, “Duality“. The album consists of 7 tracks and one track features San Diego based emcee Ric Scales. Most of the project was produced by Marcey Yates, except the track “Record It Up” that is produced by BillyNoJokes. From start to finish Indian K spits knowledge about life, the streets and his culture.
The first track, “Duality” is the introduction track that talks about living life and Indian tell us to just “GO LIVE!”. The hook is catchy and inspirational. This track features San Diego based emcee Ric Scales who also goes in. He drops some gems and personal anecdotes! The second track is “D.O.D.N.“, which has a dope music video that show off my beautiful city of San Diego! This is one of my favorite tracks off this project. The beat is mellow with a vinyl sound to it. Indian K is spitting lyrical knowledge about surviving the streets, being himself and being appreciative about living another day!
The third track “Record It Up” has a blues vibe to it! The beat is fire, was waiting to hear some Muddy Waters! The sample if I’m not mistaken is Howlin’ Wolf – Evil (Is Going On). In this track Indian K touches on people who are not “real”. He says he is here to bring that back and show that he is really genuine! As he rhymes, “Death before dishonor!” He talks about the duality about good vs. evil and how we all have a choice on which side we take! The ironic thing is this is one of the shortest track on the album that I wished could have been longer since the beat is addicting and the lyrics were on point!
The following track is “Lil Indian Boy” that has a Native type beat that is accompanied by a flute. Indian K talks about his heritage and culture. It is an inspirational track where he is rapping to another “Indian boy”. He is telling him to keep going even though his people are constantly being marginalized and have the odds against them. He also mentions how being native and not living on the reservations is frowned upon. Like I like to say “ni de aqui, ni de alla” aka “not being Native enough for his people and being too Native for the Americans. It is a catch 22 situation, but he is saying to follow his path, keep his culture alive and to just thrive! This is a very dope and introspective track! The chorus is also captivating.
The track “OverStand” is another track where Indian K gets introspective and talks about having to leave his “home” to find himself . The duality of being Native (Indian), but also in a sense being American and adapting to both cultures. He also raps how this should not make him less of a native. I can really relate to this track because being Mexican (native), but being born in the U.S. we learn two different cultures. Sadly if we speak good English, listen to hip hop music and dress a certain way we are too American for our people. Then on the other hand I’m too brown if I speak Spanish, listen to musica regional. I’m to “Mexican” for the Americans. Either way you are never going to please “them”. The truth is it doesn’t matter what anyone says as long as you take pride in who you are, your culture, have morals and values!
The last track is the “Earth Caves In“, Indian K recites he is still finding his way in this thing we call life! He just wants to inspire his people and the youth. He also wants to be great and leave a mark! He definitely inspired me! I love that his music has a positive message! Music like this is timeless!
This album touches on finding your own identity and being happy with being you! Self love and loving your own imperfections! This project is also about the duality we all have within ourselves. We all go through that journey where we all have self hate and just gotta live life, seek knowledge of self and learn to love ourselves! This album is really relatable to those who have had an identity crisis or just living life! Very motivational album! Indian K created a dope piece of art that breaks thru all the cultural barriers! Go stream, buy, support this project! San Diego has dope talent and Indian K is one of them!
2. Record It Up
3. Lil Indian Boy
4. Earth Caves In
Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!