Kiing Dee! has been boxing since the age of 6. He grew up in the Pawtucket/Providence area where he fights out of Big Six Boxing academy. He has won many regional tournaments as well as fighting in the 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifiers and previously being ranked #2 in the country. Kiing Dee! went professional in 2018 but an Achilles injury changed his life. It forced him to do the only thing he could do while recovering on his couch and that was make music. Once he realized that people actually liked his music, he decided to take it seriously. Constantly working on his craft and looking for feedback to get better, he reached out to all of his favorite artists, and got a response from King Los who was recently featured on the Netflix show ‘Rhythm and Flow’. The result was a feature on the single “Black Kings (ft. King Los), taken from the EP “The End of Summer”.
I listened to the entire project, and this is the kind of music that can make anyone a rap and urban music fanatic. If you are the type of kid who thinks all hip-hop is crunk, gangsta, mumble and whatever other misconception about the genre you could throw in there, listen to Kiing Dee!.
This guy provides an incredible listen that can appeal to all people of all musical backgrounds; a must listen, if anything. A 10/10, classic for 2019. Better yet, his lyrics are not just tales of life in the hood, but rather the poetry of every man’s daily strife. Stories of rejection, confusion, oppression, anger, love, and hope, things that anyone can actually relate to.
I’d say about 90 percent of commercial hip-hop deals with cloned themes, and a fair amount of underground hip-hop does as well. If that alone doesn’t discredit any sort of artistic value, the repeated chants of a top 40 choruses, meaningless wordplay and recycled party beats certainly will.
Kiing Dee! avoids that formula, and still churns out catchy, easy listening tracks that don’t tax the mind, but certainly feed the soul. The styles and moods shift smoothly throughout the project with rich organic sounding productions to back up the rapper.
Kiing Dee! flows with such a captivating style, filled with intensity and melody that he keeps you coming back for more. His messages are discovered upon further listening, which is a treat in itself. There can be no doubt that “Black Kings (ft. King Los), on all levels, is the EP’s centerpiece.
The track takes the listener on a battle within Kiing Dee! psyche between his heart and his mind, and he’s not afraid to show how he feels. One of the more visceral flows on the project, Kiing Dee!’s ability as a spoken word poet definitely shines as he rhymes not phonetically but through the syllables and through his accentuation of certain words.
In short, when he opens with the words: “Being black in America, is spooky nigga,” you know exactly where he is going with this track. Kiing Dee! tells his story throughout “Black Kings (ft. King Los), and will do anything to make sure you hear and understand it.
The song doesn’t relent, as Kiing Dee! does more than just examine himself, his relationships with other people, his grind, and the way this unjust world is still working, especially if you’re a black man. This personal integrity is what drives the entire EP and makes every track stand out.
“Black Kings (ft. King Los) is incredibly fresh and real, filling a missing void in hip hop. It’s deep thoughts, real emotions, bitter situations; it’s more than most current urban music is delivering. Talk about being a conscious emcee, Kiing Dee! is something beyond conscious…his a born fighter!
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