It’s the return of the four headed monster. Royce 5’9″, Joell Ortiz, KXNG Crooked and Joe Budden are back with a new banger off of Royce’s upcoming “Bar Exam 4” mixtape. When’s the album coming? Hell, we don’t know. Just enjoy some new heat.
KXNG Crooked opens up with his problems with alcohol on “Too Ashamed,” which is the first song on his Ashamed EP dropping June 16th. Jonathan Hay produced the song and spoke to Billboard about how the song came about.
“KXNG Crooked opened up for his first time about his alcoholism and recovery, which was a parallel experience shared with co-producers King Graint and Shachar Boussani who has seen friends struggle with addiction” Hay said to Billboard. “Singer Mike Smith was feeling very ashamed spending so much time away from his wife and kids pursuing music. Iliana Eve and I were victims of a home invasion at the end of April and been dealing with the trauma from that which is heard in the song from a friend on my voicemail.”
KXNG Crooked is known to rock over anybody’s instrumental and make it even better. This time he hits the LA Leakers show to rock over the DJ Premier produced “Come Clean” originally recorded by Jeru The Damaja. As you can expect, he goes to work.
The verbal assault of KXNG Crooked continues as he delivers a verbal beatdown to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” with his freestyle titled “Body.”
After catching a body over some vintage J Dilla on “Life,” KXNG Crooked returns to add to the morgue with his freestyle over the Slaughterhouse banger “Cut You Loose.”
Good Lord. KXNG Crooked gets a stranglehold of a vintage J Dilla beat and proceeds to deliver one of the most potent freestyles that you’ll hear in 2017. An absolutely outstanding set of bars that takes on everything from the POTUS to the “How Bow Dah” girl. This is deserving of multiple listens.
The West Coast spitter takes on The Weeknd’s “Starboy” for his latest freestyle endeavor.
This is how you turn a country that’s in turmoil into a song. KXNG Crooked wraps a song around the idea around Donald Trump’s concept of “Alternative Facts.” With a situation so murky, Crooked turns into something a little more lighthearted.
KXNG Crooked is on his “Malcolm X shit” as he destroys the instrumental to Kanye West’s “Real Friends” with a vicious freestyle.
KXNG Crooked connects with the Las Vegas band with the auspicious name for “To The Good Life.”