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Album review: 'CMFRTBL' 

King 20/20

"CMFRTBL"

Self-released

king2020music.bandcamp.com

If there is one thing I take away from the alternative hip-hop album "CMFRTBL," it's that King 20/20 is an open, honest rapper. Much of the record feels like a heated discussion between him and me around the dinner table- it's that relatable. In 14 tracks, he tackles today's mental, emotional and political oppression, whether it makes you feel comfortable or not – all while strategically lightening the mood with self-produced party beats.

The 46-second introduction sucks you in immediately with trance-y wind chimes and a rhythmic feel that's so down-tempo, it almost seems to start going backward. The title track, featuring Ryan Cycles, dwells on self-love, motivation, and confidence. King dives into becoming comfortable with himself, and he won't let anyone or anything get in the way. "Braindead," also featuring Cycles, is a bass-heavy, anti-Trump anthem that, as stated in the song, "you can shake your ass to." Many recent rappers have their politically-driven protest tracks, but usually they get heavy. This song has a less suffocating, lighthearted club feel while still questioning the current powers that be.

The highlight "Never" features a lyrical style that's likable, but it's the wavy instrumental, flowing from left to right in my headphones, that keeps me hooked. Throughout this entire record, the listener gets to know the real King 20/20 as a rapper, producer – and most importantly – a thoughtful artist. That's why this album is so engaging to anybody who listens. "CMFRTBL" is available on iTunes and Spotify.

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