DK: King Me
Baltimore rapper DK began his career auspiciously a few years ago, signing a record deal with Jay-Zís short-lived Carter Faculty imprint while still just a teenager and recording tracks with Kanye West. And while that deal never panned out, he has managed to resurface more recently as a solo artist on indie hip-hop superpower Babygrande Records, affiliating himself with Harlemís Purple City, an offshoot of Camíronís Diplomats. And in advance of his official debut album, Words of Art, DK issues King Me, a street mixtape hosted by DJ Kay Slay.
Humility is not DKís strong suit, but to his credit he has a pretty entertaining rationalization for why no one should take offense when he calls himself the best rapper alive: "If I was workiní at McDonaldís, yíall wouldnít be so mad if I said Iím the employee of the month." And at least some of his bravado is earned with a fluid, confident flow and inventive lyrics. On "If Not Me Then Who?" DK parodies the limited vocabulary of other rappers over one of Westís chipmunk-soul productions: "Insert the word dough or somethiní íbout clothes/ And this is how all of you flow." He might have a bright future ahead of him, but King Meís best track is the one DK recorded when only 17. On "Observing the Night," a young DK strings together a long sequence of vivid street imagery with the stunning focus and prodigious talent of a pre-Illmatic Nas.