Conrad Kira – BAKA
Funnily enough, in this day and age of contrived brand malpractice and zero integrity, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything genuine that goes against the current trends, perpetuated stereotypes, and carbon copy of whatever has obtained mass appeal. This track is totally different, what do you call it? Well the style of ‘rap’ [drop the raised eyebrows] is distinctly of a grime aesthetic, the beat is minimal, it’s a hybridised myriad of big beat, hip hop, Grime and what I’d probably call half step… Oh and it has a lot of saxophony courtesy of Wanye Francis, like a real saxophonist on the track not a stock sound.
If I’m totally honest you can’t categorise it, it’s pretty charismatic, like the visuals which loosely remind me of the remix to Craig Mac’s Flavour In Ya Ear. I’m pretty sure that you’ll be in stitches before the beat drops and trying to do the robot where he tries to put his arm into his pocket [yes I was that guy and what]. Fear not, Conrad isn’t some poser adhering to a stereotype wearing True Religion jeans, a black beanie in the midst of summer surrounding by ‘mandem’, flashing garish looking watches and white gold chains, nah this guy is actually the person you see in the video in person; rocking those crazy haircuts from a Big Daddy Kane video in ’89 and clothes like he stepped off the Wind Rush, took a stroll through Shoreditch and ended up in Rokit Vintage before getting papped in ‘the narm’ [Peckham] and who’s mugshot will forever grace the style board in your local Afro-Carribbean barbershop…
Watch the music video here, support the cause by contributing a lil something before the official iTunes release by clicking the image below, and did I mention that my remix of the track is featured on the singles package?