King Ant solidifies the rise of Smooth Jazz backed Hip Hop with ‘Glisten’

This style of Hip hop is rising in popularity among emerging and independent artists alike. Meek Mill’s ‘Championships’ showed us how the two can pair perfectly. One could say this was bound to happen eventually seeing how musical styles die and resurface in popularity with all genres. Jazz, in particular, the predecessor to Rock, was the original form of Urban Black Music in America with greats like Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and John Coltrane.

King Antimus tells the story of a man battling between his ambition and his conscious with ‘Glisten’. Backed by a soulful track lead by French Horns and smooth jazz dynamics. King Ant’s flow is soft in volume, yet impactful in meaning as he expresses his message with good clarity. This is followed by the key phrase in his chorus;

Momma said Don’t think that it’s Gold because it Glistens

Man, I should of listen

I never listen

The production, as mentioned before, is very pleasing. However, a more focused approached with the Horns at key times in the track could improve the effectiveness of their sound. We hear the horns all through the track and when they are placed behind bars too often in a repetitive style it can lose its effectiveness musically. The beat transitions and breakdowns are done classically and are done right, kudos in that regard. Antimus’s bars are done well, clearly expressing his message, with proper emotion. You can imagine him sitting in his room, on the bed, questioning his mentality and looking for the next move to make. Overall this is a great theme track to set to a video or a ‘golden nugget’ in a larger album that fans would enjoy among other more energetic commercial tracks.

Production: 6

Lyrical Flow: 7

Message: 8

Overall: 7

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