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Natural Elements Took The Torch From BDP Into The Late 90s and Beyond (Audio)

In the realm of 1990s New York City Underground Hip-Hop, the Natural Elements are often, and wrongfully overlooked. With later members including Brownsville Ka and producer-turned-fam Charlemagne (Jay Z, Talib Kweli, Capone-N-Noreaga), the group still permeates the sound today. In 1998, however, the crew was less than five years old.... Read more

Roc Marciano’s Intricate Verse Illuminates Alongside Ka & Preservation (Video)

Brownsville Ka and Roc Marciano have a ton in common. These two sparse New York City spitters have been riding together for years, two veteran underdogs, who helped each other make a penetrating comeback into Rap's digital era. Each are skilled MCs who can cook up their tracks. Within the... Read more

Ka & Preservation Literally Get Hypnotic In Latest Stylized Visual (Video)

Brownsville, Brookyln MC Ka releases a new hypnotic video titled "Day 912," which was followed by his "Day 0" and "Day 3" visuals that were released last month. With featured production from Preservation, where they also collaborated on 2014 EP titled 1200 BC , the track is a very personal look into the mind of the... Read more

Brownsville Ka Gives Hope a Spin In The Face Of Ill Street Blues (Video)

When its made well, music can be escape. However, nobody said that escape guarantees relief. Ka (a/k/a Brownsville Ka) has built a revived solo career (post-Natural Elements) in making sparse, insightful music that shows a New York City underbelly, far removed from the doormen, yellow cabs, and posh bakeries. In... Read more

Do Remember: Haze Presents…NY Reality Check 101 (Mixed By DJ Premier)

This week, it was announced that 2015 will see the release of DJ Premier's first solo album, Last Session @320. The album and its title are an homage to the closing of HeadQCourterz Studios (f/k/a D&D Studios), which had been Premier's professional home for nearly 25 years. As fans eagerly... Read more

Ka Continues Making That Elite Headphone-Rap Style Lyricism (Video)

After three celebrated independent, self-released full-lengths, Ka recently hit Heads off with 1200 B.C., an EP in the same vain. "Still Heir" is more of the close-talking, wisdom-drenched Rap the Brownsville MC is known for, dating back to his Natural Elements days. Preservation, who is one of Yasiin Bey's (Mos... Read more

Ka Gives A Textured Visual To Know It’s About (Video)

One of the year's most-heralded albums came self-released from Brownsville, Brooklyn MC Ka. The veteran of the Natural Elements has a unique delivery, and an approach to songwriting big on lessons and a cautionary tone. He really captured the vibe on '13's The Night's Gambit as an ill continuation of... Read more

The Natural Elements Return In An Unlikely Fashion, Saying There’s No Competition (Audio)

In the booming late '90s-early 2000s scene of "Underground Hip-Hop" in New York City, one group who was deeply present was the Natural Elements. Alumni of Stretch & Bobbito's radio show, the crew which included A-Butta, L Swift and Mr. Voodoo as core MCs got a major cosign from DJ... Read more

Ka – Jungle (Video)

Grandmaster Melle Mel told us all, "It's like a jungle / Sometimes make ya wonder / How I keep from goin' under." Brooklyn's Ka can relate in his precautionary tales. Coming from the same 'hood as Mike Tyson, M.O.P., and Trigger The Gambler, take heed to the teachings of the... Read more