I don’t usually listen to rap or hip hop. On some very rare occasions I get exposed to a particularly good release and end up getting hooked on it. K.Flay is guilty of that. It’s a one-girl rap show from Chicago / San Francisco. I can’t recall how I came across her debut album titled “Mashed Potatoes”, but I did, and ended up putting it on loop and going back to play it some more. And after giving it a few hundred listens, I go back to her website every now and again and look for some new K.Flay material. And that is how I ended up listening to “I Stopped Caring in ’96, Volume One”, earlier this year.
“I Stopped Caring in ’96″ is a 3 volume mixtape featuring new tracks from K.Flay. Volume 1 has 3 tracks, all of them dark and gloomy, talking about being uninspired, depressed, hang-over, useless and sad. This might sound slumber and dark, but K.Flay doesn’t really get that emo and she still manages to lay down the theme while keeping her unique character. All three tracks sound well-produced, with dope beats and engaging vocals. The theme is interesting in itself and if you click through the release page you can even find a video for the second track, titled “Less Than Zero”. The whole mixtape seems to be about self-analysis, dealing with inner duality and pushing through it via artistic outpour. Seems to have worked out quite fine for K.Flay. “I Stopped Caring in ’96″ is quite listenable and highly recommendable and she’s still touring the US with gigs and putting out some new material every now and again.
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