Knowledge Above All Nonsense, that’s the meaning of the acronym K.A.A.N, a Maryland rapper’s blaze that has caught our attention lately. It seems that the label Redefinition Records (Damu The Fudgemonk, K-Def, Dj Spinna) has got hold of a rare pearl …
It’s been a little over two years since Brandon Perry appeared on the radar of the rap planet observers we are. Like many rappers of his generation, it is on Soundcloud that he started. Suffice to say that he has not stolen his nascent recognition, given the volume of work he has shot in recent years as evidenced by the 150 tracks on his page Soundcloud and dozens of pieces in his name scattered on Youtube .
Despite his pseudonym full of confidence, producer K-Def describes K.A.A.N.as a very reserved man. It is he, K-Def, who produced Uncommon Knowledge, K.A.N.’s first EP. The rapper is virtuoso and generous. His flow is reminiscent of Joey Bada $$ at the time of his first mixtapes. Perry’s voice is pushed to the bottom, it seems at the edge of the break. This gives a certain intensity, a part of emotion to his flow.
The instrus, signed K-Def, are full of silky and warm samples. The association of the fast and technical flow of K.A.A.N. and the very jazzy prod works wonderfully. For a first try, Uncommon Knowledge hits very hard. Still, Perry keeps a cool head. Although he raps with passion and commitment, he remains focused and ambitious. The young emcee is a hard worker, who before the music went through masonry and other small jobs very “down-to-earth”. The rumor says he continues to go to work every day, refusing to bet on any commercial success of his music …
Last March, K.A.A.N. returns with Abstractions, an EP recorded in collaboration with the beatmaker Klaus Layer. The recipe does not change, even though Layer’s aesthetic is slightly different from K-Def’s. The instruments he has concocted for Perry have a little lo-fi side. Abstractions will not have allowed K.A.N. to reach a very large audience, but that will not be long. “Toonami” and “My Nigga” will undoubtedly be among the best tracks of underground rap in 2017.
Perry’s energetic flow and soul-tinged beats on which he rapped should not obscure the darker part of the character. His lyrics are not particularly happy, to say the least. His prose is greatly influenced by his anxieties, particularly related to drug use. He manages to sublimate his darkness by an undeniable writing talent. His lyrics are full of relevant images and ingenious turns.
About a month ago the rapper from Maryland was back with a new single “How High” in a style very different from the boombap that could be heard on these two previous EPs. With such an ability to evolve from one style to another, it may well be that K.A.A.N. be part of the rappers on whom it will be necessary to count in the future. We wish him, in any case, as much success as another rapper from Maryland who was in this same outsider position a few years ago before becoming one of the sure values of the rap game of 2017, as he recalled with his latest album Everybody