Rising rapper Kid Ink has unleashed his latest EP, Almost Home, via RCA Records. The digital-only release include five new songs as well as a remix of the artist's current, Meek Mill and Wale-assisted single, "Bad Ass." Also featured on the tracklist are reader-approved cuts "Bossin' Up" (ft. ASAP Ferg & French Montana) and "Sunset." Beats come courtesy of Allan Ritter, Devin Cruise, Dwayne "D'town" Nesmith, KB, Lifted, Mike Maven, N4, Ned Cameron and Vinylz.
This summer, Kid Ink will be joining Kendrick Lamar on the U.S. leg of his good kid, m.A.A.d city World Tour. Tickets for the tour, which also features performances from TDE affiliates Ab-Soul, Jay Rock and ScHoolBoy Q, are on sale now via Ticketmaster. Fans in the NYC area will also be able to catch Kid Ink at HOT 97's annual Summer Jam Festival Village.
Almost Home EP Album Review
Although I was familiar with the name Kid Ink I can’t say I’ve ever listened to a full project from the west coast rapper, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Almost Home. But after the first cut, Bossin’ Up, I had a pretty good idea of who he was. Ink is more of a mainstream emcee, as his songs all have a similar vibe, but while some might use that as an excuse to churn out songs like a factory, you can tell Ink isn’t one of those emcees. Ink’s energy and strong flow give you the sense he puts his all into each song. This quality is often one keeps you invested; you will find yourself unable to help but sing along with Ink as his energy is intoxicating.
Not hurting things either is his unique flow, fluctuating between an edgier flow (F**k Sleep) and a sung-rapped style shown on Money and the Power, perhaps the most radio ready cut on the project. This style serves him well considering the big names he has as features. Take the remix of the single, Bad Ass, featuring Wale and Meek Mill. Mill and Wale’s effort are both inconsistent and out of left field - especially Wale’s altered and, at times, Wayne/Minaj-esque flow - but Ink serves as the anchor; his raucous verse and catchy hook turning a otherwise inconsistent song into solid effort. As demonstrated on Bad Ass, Ink knows how to make a hook. In fact (along with his beat selection) his hookwork makes the EP. His knack for delivering memorable, catchy will win over even the most stingy, hardheaded hip-hop fan who might be on the fence about the verses of both Ink and his many guests.
Almost Home isn’t without his faults. The EP reads like a mixtape, lacks any deeply rooted themes or concepts, and at times can feels monotonous as he doesn’t really experiment with different sounds. Brian Collins (his government name) knows what he does well and has it down to a fine science; he demonstrate his ability to put together a high-energy song and his hooks are top notch, while not without its flaws, the Almost Home EP is a good jumping off point for the emcee. I see a lot of talent, but there is room for growth; it should be exciting to see what he does with his skill set in the future.
DJBooth Rating - 3.5 Spins