Fresh Faces Friday: CKoolKeys

Fresh Faces Friday: CKoolKeys

Fresh Faces Friday: The Fresh Committee Introduces CKoolKeys

In the late 1980’s in New Orleans’ notorious housing projects, a new form of hip-hop emerged known as “Bounce” emerged. Pioneers such as Partners-N-Crime and Magnolia Shorty originated the trend and other Louisiana artists have since continued the tradition or incorporated elements of it into their own sound.

CKoolKey’s began beating on drums and blowing bass instruments as early as age 5 and began rapping at the age of 11. This is no surprise given his musical lineage which can be traced back to his grandfather, crooner Jesse Hill.

What was surprising, was his aggressive style and story telling ability on the mic, which doesn’t waste any words. Over the rapid pace Slow Jamz sample which kicks off his latest full length project 6thWard Chalie, KoolKey’s weaves candid street storytelling with witty punchlines effortlessly.

He follows this up with some more clever wordplay on his next cut Top Floor:

Think I’m gettin back to my old ways/

Kill a Nîgga get away with it I’m like OJ/

Real Killas Know my work like school Like forshay, shoutout to my ex out the Nolia scream OTay/

See me I’m out the 6ix play boy, this shit is no games last nigga played with chalie met 4 K’s/

Left em on tonit Let’s not talk about that! The point of the matter fact I get you wacked/

I’m a mac Looking Like Sean Martin jumpin’ out that helicopter right there on hunters/

Filed got the money in the power, know I say that shit a lot but I’m still burnin’ sour/

Its getting crowded in the underground scene, but CKoolKeys can more than hold his own and establish his own unique brand in the new marketplace.



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