After today, I will never veer away from my opinion that recommended music is the absolute best way to find out about a new artist and/or album. Recently I’ve been Seeking Forever for a new album to get lost in – tune out my dinging of my iPhone from social media notifications, forget the cheeto-faced president we’re stuck with right now, and just listen to some beautifully produced shit. So upon leaving work, I opened my Soundcloud app and I noticed a new feature on the homescreen; “The Upload, Newly posted tracks. Just for you” – my mind was thoroughly intrigued.
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The first track was by an artist called Kim and as his new song “Remnants” began to play, I immediately wanted more, so I went to his profile and basically found a goldmine.
Kim’s early 2017 EP entitled Seeking Forever had incorporated everything I’d been looking for; 2000s Usher R&B, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. empowerment, and Drake’s late-night love for a girl that’s worth it. That’s the best way I can describe this album, as an everything dumped together – yet for the first time in a long time, it all works for me and my stingy preferences.
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I have always been a big critic of non-cohesive albums, but Seeking Forever made me crave additional tracks after “Block 4” ended and the instrumentals faded out. I felt appreciative of the Orlando rapper’s personal experiences that drove most of these songs, and that he recorded each life event without the content being distracting or contrarily sidelined to a loud beat. Kim Stephonsson is a true artist and as a listener you can hear the admiration for his influences and desire to do his predecessors justice.
My favorite track on Seeking Forever has got to “SpottieOttieDopest” particularly because I feel like Kim was speaking directly to girls who are not only attractive but are smart and can fend for themselves or rather are I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T.
“The game is chess, I be a King, need a queen that’s fresh / Is that you / Let me find out your face match your brain / Girl I’m crazy for smart / By the way that you string me along you be tugging on hearts / Well I’m tugging back I love Art of War”
“SpottieOttieDopest” is a written kiss to the chillest girls who are still grinding every day. The importance of celebrating women who think deeply and work hard for what they believe in is not a common discussion from male rappers in the industry, so Kim has not only gained my respect musically, but personally as Seeking Forever is a great representation of his own beliefs.
Kim has also gained recognition from artists like Trae the Truth who featured the young rapper on his album, Tha Truth Part Three. Follow his progression on Soundcloud and Instagram @Kimstephonsson.