Cruising through the streets of Seattle’s legendary Capitol Hill neighborhood, we find rapper KOTH as chill as the autumn wind in the opening scenes of the music video for his new single “My Time,” his attitude bleeding into the beat rather colorfully. There’s a lot of confidence in his performance, and when coupled with the sway of the percussion in the background, it’s hard to resist the urge to swing alongside the groove in this addictive piece of hip-hop. He’s no household name, but in this track, KOTH is rolling like he’s among the elite class of modern rappers on the west coast.
The rhythm doesn’t frame the lyrics in this single – if anything, I would make the argument that the percussive component to the master mix is only meant to serve as a bridge to the bassline, which I would credit as the real source of muscularity in “My Time.”
KOTH is really careful to make sure that his words are falling straight into the sonic gaps in the instrumentation rather than layering everything in a collective wallop, and while this isn’t a Ronnue track, it definitely aches with a certain crossover melodicism that would make for righteous remixes in the future.
“My Time” is a short and sweet taste of what its composer is bringing into the game with him in 2020, but if it’s giving us any sort of indications as to what we can expect out of both KOTH and the Seattle underground in the near future, I’d tell fans to buckle up for one heck of a fun ride this year. KOTH definitely isn’t the only rapper dabbling in minimalist aesthetics at the moment, but of those I’ve been listening to on the west coast, he very well might have the most natural and unforced charm in and outside of the studio.
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