REVIEW: Camu Tao’s “King Of Hearts”

Photobucket Upon listening to this album by Camu Tao, I thought “wait, this is Camu Tao?” I wasn’t sure if it was meant to be another rapper’s attempt at being hipster, new wave or what. I had to stop, I couldn’t listen to it. I then pressed play once more, and some how I felt that this had to be based on someone simply making an album he wanted to make, not just someone jumping in on the latest trend.

King Of Hearts (Def Jux/Fat Possum) has become Camu Tao’s last album, as he passed away two years ago. I did not have this in mind as I was listening to the album, so as I’m listening to these tracks, I realized the guy had a knack for making music not unlike Prince or Terence Trent D’arby without it moving into the cheese factor. It’s not unlike DâM-Funk, where the influences are straight out of the late 70’s/early 80’s but with enough of a smirk and attitude in the music where you know they know what they’re doing, honoring a bit of the past while turning people now to the good grooves. That’s very much what King Of Hearts is about, and it’s a shame that he will not be able to make more music like this, as he could have been greater than what he was able to do in his lifetime. He honestly could have given a run for the money, I would have loved to have seen Camu Tao world tours with a bevy of artists collaborating with him on stage and on tour.

It wasn’t until after did I realize that this is the same Camu Tao that is no longer with us, then again who else is named Camu Tao. Sometimes you forget for a brief moment, and maybe it’s a nice way of saying “it feels like he’s still present, and I’m ready for new music to come.”

Free MP3 Download: Karniege’s “Can I Kick It Vol. 2”

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Karniege will be releasing a proper debut album in 2010, but it hasn’t stopped him from working hard to get himself heard and known. Here’s a brand new mixtape, as part of the Can I Kick It series, and it’s free. Here’s the complete track listing:

01.) No Beginning (Produced By Karniege)
02.) Guess Who’s Back
03.) System Disrupt (Produced By Camu Tao)
04.) Check 1,2 (feat. L.T., Poison Pen & J-Zone) (Produced By Da Beatminerz)
05.) Hey Karni
06.) Spread The Word (Produced By Camu Tao)
07.) War Stories
08.) Kidz NYC (feat. Vast Aire) (Produced By Melodious Monk)
09.) Interlude (Produced By Karniege)
10.) Mush
11.) Welcome To New York (Produced By Thanos)
12.) How We Do Over Here
13.) Bang Bang (feat. Double A.B & Access Immortal)
14.) Catwalk (Produced By Lostsun of Armyfatique)
15.) Jimmy Swagger (feat. Marq Spekt) (Produced By Khalid Salaam)
16.) Hard Times (Produced By Camu Tao)
17.) Spread The Word (Remix) (Produced By Lostsun of Armyfatique)
18.) War Stories (Remix) (Produced By J-Kingz)

Now take a listen.

Can I Kick It Vol. 2 (76.28mb)