Published on Sunday, 08 February 2015 19:43
The digitally released New Kiddd On Tha Block is an ambitious and largely successful first full length project from Youngstown, Ohio artist Kidddcory. Ambitious because, at 16 tracks with only 2 features (both by fellow No Signal collective member Grizzly), the burden is fully on the back of Kidddcory to deliver. Largely successful because except for a few missteps this artist has rolled out an eminently listenable collection of thoughtful tracks both autobiographical and topical in nature.
Albums intros are tricky terrain. The 1:44 minute intro to New Kiddd On Tha Block sprints through KidddCory’s repertoire and musical tastes; almost like sample snapshots, but it’s not clear from listening to it what to expect next. A lot of producers would have left it out of the finished product. The track “Revelation” is the real launch. The early Kanye-esque piece is a perfect confirmation that you’re listening to an artist who can do it. “I got bars!” he flows. No lie.