October 31, 2010 4 Comments
Bad Karma “No Tomorrow“
Bad Karma’s Grey Tape continues to expand on the Dilla-esque neo-soulish sound that producers like Kriis Money, Mike George, and others have been building on. Fitting with the mixtape’s title–a nod to DJ Screw’s infamous grey tapes–Karma includes a couple of beats that employ the slowed down “screw” effect. And it works surprisingly well, not just with Karma, but with the rest of the mixtape. It’s kind of amazing to think how well something from the world of Dilla would blend with something from the world of DJ Screw.
The Grey Tape is half originals, half jacking for beats. But the other instrumentals mesh really well with the general aesthetic, which is great for Karma who sounds most natural on top of this type of sound. Karma has an extremely laid-back, casual voice but he displays a surprising amount of maturity for his age. He mostly sticks to rapping about weed and women but he does so with humor, clarity, and self-reflection. You hear him growing up and it’s exciting.
This mixtape is to be a precursor to an album, Black Market, produced by Kriis Money. Looking forward to it.