Ka, the rapper-producer from Brownsville who is rumored to spend his days working as a firefighter, seems like the kind of man who has read the lengthy, murky section on conspiracies in Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy very closely. But his primary source of knowledge is experience: He knows there are dangers lurking around every corner, for he has spent as much time facing threats as he has being one. It is this flexible, thoughtful, strategic perspective that makes his new, self-released album, The Night's Gambit, so matchless and astute, an incredible display of his talent for noir-like storytelling. His voice is always calm, and his vivid tongue-twisters reveal infinite wisdom. Listen closely: Ka might save your life.


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