Kilo – Bluntly Speaking (WRAP)
Highlights: “Tick Tock (Outta Time Mix)," “Fly Love Song,” “Buffalo Rapper”
Not much is available about this album online, but everything you need to know is in the music. Atlanta Bass rapper Kilo Ali (real name Andrell D. Rogers) grouped up with DJ Red Money on the beats to become Kilo for Bluntly Speaking. Rogers floats pleasantly between rapping and singing on Bluntly Speaking, as ear-boxing snares hit you in the face on “Fly Love Song.” Four years later, Rogers stepped out on his own with Organized Bass for Interscope, but it was Bluntly Speaking that emphasized the high-pitched, drawling, one-of-a-kind voice. A year after Bluntly Speaking dropped, Outkast would debut their first project, and you can’t help but wonder if Andre was a little influenced by the many talents of Kilo Ali. “Tick Tock” itself is such a fascinating rumination on time and our relation to it that it warrants multiple rewinds every single time.
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