K’NAAN - Better
Thought Nothing to Lose and Is Anybody Out There?, the previously-featured singles off K’NAAN‘s new EP, were dope? Well, number three is Better. As in, that’s its title—as for whether it’s superior, that’ll be for you to decide. Like the first of the aforementioned cuts, this joint finds the Somali-Canadian hip-hop sensation delving into his biography for lyrical inspiration, but thanks to Ryan Tedder, it shares the second’s anthemic sound. Over the OneRepublic frontman’s breakbeat-fortified sampling of Coldplay’s Lost, Mr. Warsame spits a metaphorical, wordplay-laced chronicle of his life to date. Looking back on his pre-stardom days, he spits, “Way before Wavin’ Flag in the FIFA / I was a dreamer, life was a gamble / But God never gives burdens you can’t handle.” Needless to say, K’NAAN’s toss of the dice has yielded him and the listening public big dividends—and, if past results dictate performance, his future is bound to be even brighter. Fans can find this uplifting selection and much more on the artist’s More Beautiful Than Silence EP, released via iTunes last week. Also, stay tuned for further details on K’NAAN’s junior album, coming this spring.