K Jones: “Testimony 1990” Review – Love, Rhymes and Honesty

K Jones: “Testimony 1990” Review – Love, Rhymes and Honesty

The highly anticipated album (meant to drop June 12, 2018 on his birthday but dropped a day after) is a must listen.

Rate: 4.5/5

Testimony 1990. What a title. I struggled why he would name his album this way then I remembered he is a 1990 born lad, June 12 to be precise. Khaligraph Jones latest album opens with the Sagini featuring, Testimony, a song thrilling and one that exposes the verbal box of Khali on a background piano key, “Kayole is where am reppin homie and I promise am never letting you down, and from the bottom of my heart this is my testimony!” K Jones Blu Ink label signed and the newest R&B sensation Sagini, complements with the background vocals on this chilled track.

Blessings is a banging prayer to the Most High for delivering him from all his depressions. Opening an album with a prayer, “Jesus I want to say thank you,” is a fascinating change of pace. Moving from bragging to taking stock of what is necessary and that is taking stock and looking inwards, being humble in your rise. He recounts living in a bedsitter to moving to a mansion and longing for a wife.

This introspection and humility soars on with the next track, For Life. He travels the path from ‘Primo’ rapping cyphers to the success he is now and why he longs to do this music for life. If you are an artist out there, thinking of giving up on music, you need to replay this track.

G Like That stands out for its loudness (his fellow rapper and brother Span Kob urging him to go hard), anchoring a familiar message (the baddest rapper in Africa) but with a new sound.

“Testimony 1990” – Khaligraph Jones 2018 Album Puts Hip Hop Back on the Radar

“Testimony 1990” – Khaligraph Jones 2018 Album Puts Hip Hop Back on the Radar. Photo Credits The Biggest Kaka

Nigerian rapper, Ycee brings the crunch grooves on Gwala, threading the sample of his earlier release, Omollo.

Jones makes a complete switch from the hyper Gwala to the Magix Enga produced, Making Babies song, the latter being an appeal to his lady to accept his cue, “without further ado I want to give it to you/ let’s make babies.” Picking from Omollo, K Jones might be the one to take sexual rap fully mainstream.

Half of TNT, Timmy Blanco returns us back to the conscious rap on Taking It All. Hip-hop has always operated as a general expression of ambition. This track projects how Jones wants us to view him.

Millenials can connect easily with his storytelling and wit on Instagram Girls, a story about a random girl named Shareefa whom he met on the social media platform, “The IG girls don’t play!”

No Change with Fena Gitu, K Jones explains how he missed a visa to the States for a show that would have opened major doors for him. We start off slow and Fena Gitu seals with an anthemic hook, addressing this generation’s flaws.

Early fans of the OG will be baffled with the next track, Aisee with Ray C. She rekindles the young Tanzanian we loved back in the days for her hooks and proves she still got it. This is a club banger definitely.

The album flips to Super Woman, featuring Mr. Eazi. The Afro-beat single sees Nigeria’s Eazi pidgin infused hook and Khali packing the rhymes, not shying away from the infamous “lamba lolo” line.

All The Way Up interludes his take on record labels and why he wanted to be an independent artist. Rekindling his testimony on Blessing, he reminds us why he is a child of God’s grace.

“Testimony 1990” – Khaligraph Jones 2018 Album Puts Hip Hop Back on the Radar

“Testimony 1990” – Album Tracklist courtesy of The Biggest Kaka

Stuffed with appearances by special guests, Tanzania’s Rostam sprinkle the Swahili Bongo Fleva rap on Now You Know, linking Nairobi and Dar.

Track 14 Beat It sees and angry Jones address infidelity, snapping on the track, “You can not f**k with Jones b**ch!”

More self-reflective on this album, Khali and Esco Go Hard punch after punch, with repetitive, soothing hooks.

Saving the best for last perhaps, Don Know featuring South Africa’s K.O delivers bars on the fleeting nature of fame, and practical advice on patience of success.

Complicated with Ria closes the album – one of the best tracks on this project for me. A wise, warm but firm talking—the one side of the OG we have always admired.

Testimony 1990 is a huge statement in itself.