On his new single, “Honest,” he finds a meticulous musical nuance and rhythmic determination in a collaboration with fellow Chattanooga musician Cinematicand producer SDotFire. The spry piano lines and clacking beats underscore the mix of vulnerability and braggadocio that they’re able to successfully confine within just a few minutes of music. The lyrics are charged with a brazen sexuality, the kind of forthright and, yes, honest reflection that seems to have been lost to most musicians in recent years.
Along with the candid experiences explored here, there’s a foggy pop haze that filters through this R&B atmosphere, a vibrant collusion of melody and tonality that plays to their strengths as like-minded artists, even as their distinct personalities offer different insights into the best ways to explore these sounds. This collaboration isn’t simply a one-way avenue for K$NG to give Cinematic a brief stint in the light but is a fully formed gambit between the two, a meeting of equal minds.
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