Kenny Mason has been someone I’ve taken an interest in since his debut project Angelic Hoodrat. This project showed so much potential for an artist who would reinvent hip-hop and bring a unique style to the table. “Partments” continues his experimentation with the norms of current hip-hop. The trap hi-hats ground the track into rap music’s current landscape, but the guitar riff just feels so rock-inspired. Kenny‘s cadence is haunting and deprived of any warm qualities. Making the lyrics more guttural and depressing. However, this is contrasted with some expressive auto-tuned vocals.
My understanding of the track is that he describes the living conditions he had to deal with before finding success. Lines like “I can paint a portrait with these stains, I can make a fortune with my pain” highlight his mind-state during these times. The rage and anger that has been built up from having a lack of resources are severally poignant. Check out this fresh track below!