Kxng Crooked’s New Album Artwork Is Provocative & So Is His Latest Lyricism (Audio)
Spinning off the current political scene this year has been a wave of politically-charged Hip-Hop. Eminem’s BET cypher verse (now known as “The Storm”) may have commanded the most attention. But 2017 also saw highly respected, veteran MCs such as Ras Kass, Scarface, Snoop Dogg and others putting out music that took the current administration and its policies to task.
Now Slaughterhouse’s Kxng Crooked (fka as Crooked I), whose LP Good Vs. Evil II: The Red Empire LP dropped today (December 8), needs to be added to that list. It follows the Good Vs Evil LP released last year.
Crooked’s GVE II artwork is a twisted take on Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper that has President Trump kneeling in front of a demonic-looking Jesus figure, eyes all red and deadly, and a group of ‘disciples’ that include Osama bin Laden, Adolf Hitler, and Josef Stalin.
This cover reflects Crooked’s aim to “open doors to taboo conversations,” while messing with fixed notions about good and evil and the nature of protest. Trump kneels just like Colin Kaepernick, but he is paying homage to “what he believes in; hatred and division,” as the Long Beach, California MC explains in the accompanying info for the record.
“Cowboy Bebop,” the single off GVE II is self-described “gangster music” that has an “inter-galactic hustling” dimension added to the mix. Fans of Crooked’s multi-layered, multi-syllable rhymes will certainly appreciate the wordplay in this Illeagle-produced track.
See, for example, the point where KXNG Crooked weaves personal recollection of when he was “Flat broke with no furniture” just seconds after rhyming “planet X is flat with no curvature” to end with the “System is still jerkin’ ya / My city full of murderers / Stolen legacy, educated by burglars…”
“Cowboy Bebop” is not only smart wordplay, just as the title suggests, the music has a swing to it as the West Coast mainstay picks off the targets of his ire at double-speed. GVE II features Royce 5’9 as well as Styles P.