With a fitting title it all comes together nicely on Kim’s “The Polymath.” Little is known about the 25-year old Floridian, but this album gives us a few reasons to pay attention.
Kim and in-house producer Jove Beats come together like a match made in heaven. Kim’s extensive rap IQ gives him the versatility needed to match that of Jove’s production. You hear how carefully he crafts every verse in his delivery, making sure that the listener picks up on every message he’s looking to send.
Jove is an ace in complimenting his versatile style with samples dating from past and present. Any listener will appreciate classic samples, but they will also be surprised at all of the fresh takes on modern records as well.
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On the album’s intro “The Black Parade” Jove borrows the dramatic piano melody from Jay Z and Hit-Boy’s “Somewhereinamerica” and features a stylized version of C-Murda’s ¨Down 4 My Ni**az¨ ala Kanye’s ¨Blood on the Leaves.¨ The moving backdrop sets up for Kim to maneuver through verses where he aggressively transitions from personal to braggadocious.
¨The Luckiest,¨ which is sure to be a fan favorite features the duo dimming the lights on a reimagined version of Daft Punk’s ¨Get Lucky.¨ ¨She say she got that yay, addies in her Pumas/zannies in her pocket, and she ride it like a school bus¨ raps Kim when detailing the type of chicks he’s looking to bed. The second part of this record features him spazzing incase you needed your daily rap fix.
¨Bad Motherfucker¨ encompasses everything that Kim can be – charismatic, artistic, and a threat to that favorite rapper title. He captures a casual listener with an infectious beat and hook and then packs the content and style that a traditional hip hop head can appreciate.
“The Polymath” feels like the prelude to something even bigger. While Kim never slacks rap wise, he experiments with his singing skills on songs like ¨Her Majesty,¨ as if he’s just testing the waters. With a style of rap that just screams ¨Ï’ve kind of mastered this part of the art,¨ you get this feeling like there’s more there artistically. I’m sure we’ll get more of that in future.
The only setback for “The Polymath” may just be that the album is very wordy, Kim hardly ever pauses to let you sit on a statement and let it sink in. He raps aggressively, and while that may be a breath of fresh air in today’s climate, it’s hard to find key moments that make it truly memorable.
Verdict: All in all, if this is an artists’ introduction to the world…then you know he has some tricks up his sleeve. Overall, “The Polymath” is worth everything it asks for and more and if I were you I think it’s time you invest in Kim NOW because this guy has it. If he doesn’t pack the bandwagon himself, he’s certainly going attract the people that will pack it for him.