Review: Kennedy Clark – If I Should Die

“Fuck prayin for em I’m about to bring a nigga hell.” - Don’t Pray For Me

Kennedy Clark's debut album "If I Should Die" is not for the faint of heart; this is an album that showcases the naked truth of a changed man - whose message and integrity are the only stitch of hope he has left. While Kennedy Clark's has grown and found blessings, "If I Should Die" is a personal, conscious album that examines and identifies the trials Kennedy is battling, from depression and loved ones lost to the abuses he has faced - while facing his own mistakes and exposing the systematic oppression and culture that steered him down dark paths. And while there is no turning back, Kennedy's message on "If I Should Die" is a fair warning, a symposium of a derelict America.

"It’s like history just recycles the misery
It all comes flooding back, I swear to God it didn’t miss a beat” - Tragedy

Kennedy Clark is a true emcee, and thus the lyrical content on the album is what you would expect from a polished rapper like Kennedy Clark, who has already released numerous singles and freestyles in 2017. While the rap grind is serious, a much more serious grind has taken place throughout Kennedy's life that cannot be left unsaid. "If I Should Die" does not placate the atrocities faced by black Americans every day, in fact, it uncovers the systematic abuse through stories and pain-staking reflections passionately crafted by a true emcee. "If I Should Die" details accounts of police brutality and a flawed and corrupt judicial system that seems like a never-ending cycle of injustice. Kennedy Clark's debut attests that everyone deserves a fair shake, but the system is not designed upon that principle - but upon privilege.

“What did we do to you America, but build you
But Now you coming down on us like we ill you
I’m tryna to enlighten through writin, my way of fightin 
I’m sick of the violence but more sick of people denying
I’m sick of the cooning, black folks denying what the systems doing
Like they don’t get the picture, niggas stupid
I could see if we were shootin back
But you shootin dudes in the back with no view of a strap?
You're a killer” - No Justice, No Peace

"If I Should Die" was produced by various beat-makers, notably Epik and Eldar Q, who infused different styles of hip-hop production, including live instrumentation, pianos, guitars, etc, to create the dark ambiance of this project. Kennedy Clark's "If I Should Die" speaks to a more emotionally listener, one not afraid to try to see through the darkness and expose vulnerabilities. It's an album that asks tough questions and delivers even tougher answers. If you're looking for lyrics: call up Post Malone and tell him Kennedy Clark is bringing the real back. You can purchase "If I Should Die" from Keneddy Clark on Bandcamp, and stream it on Spotify, Itunes and other major platforms.

Favorite tracks - Don't Pray For Me, Tragedy, Changed Man

Production –5/5
Lyrics – 5/5
Flow – 4/5
Substance – 5/5
Feel – 5/5
Originality: 4/5
Longevity – 4/5
Overall – 4.5/5

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