Local Music Reviews
Kimi K = Drake + Russ + Kehlani
Kimi K’s self-titled EP gives a glimpse into her diary of all the partners that have done her wrong. Her lyrics are honest and leave no room for mystery in exactly how people have failed to satisfy her—while also taking the high road and owning her part in the relationship. KIMI K gives sad-girl summer with revenge-banger beats.
This EP contains relatable emotions from complicated situationships that Kimi K layers over slowed trap rhythms. In “Never Deserved,” she shares her willingness to give all her love to a partner, which would turn into “their biggest strengths”—yet they turned out to be her biggest mistake. “Quit Callin’” is about the ex who makes it a routine to hit up K’s line when things get stale with his current girlfriend. In “How Could You,” she rakes a partner over the coals for “making her life a living hell.”
Even with all these failed relationships that were, understandably, caused by the other person, Kimi K can admit when she was in the wrong. In “Hurting You,” she exposes her weakness for always running from her problems, believing it’s easy. But in her wake of self-destruction, she keeps hurting the lover closest to her.
As I listened to this release, it seemed Kimi K had found her comfort spot within the R&B beats and kickbacks. There is little change in vocal range or rhythm from “Never Deserved” to “How Could You.” Other than “Hurting You,” distinct for having the hook at the beginning of the song, the album can run together.
As Kimi K continues her music career, I would challenge her to explore her rhythms and vocal range beyond the mood of the beat. Kimi K has natural talent and has made the necessary moves to get her projects out there, and KIMI K is an excellent foundation for what she is and can be as an artist. –Teddy Ray