St. Paul-based rap phenom Allan Kingdom premiered a freestyle track entitled "Mandela" yesterday on the popular DJBooth Freestyle Series.
"Mandela," which is produced by Charlie Hurt and Critical, is the 56th entry in the recently relaunched internet rap series that has featured a wide array of emerging MCs, ranging from hip-hop's current patron saint Kendrick Lamar to pop-rap stalwart Wiz Khalifa. Dedicated to his "ancestors and descendants," "Mandela" showcases Kingdom's meticulous rhyme scheme and heady lyricism. You can listen to the freestyle here.
Kingdom's 2014 EP, Future Memories, is a bitter dose of darkly atmospheric alt-rap that was met with high praise from fans and critics alike. As one-fourth of local rap ensemble the Stand4rd, which also includes local/viral teen singing prodigy Corbin (formerly known as Spooky Black), Psymun, and Bobby Raps, Kingdom is both intense and cerebral with a vocal delivery that alternates between airtight verses and stream-of-consciousness ennui. He takes hip-hop to a place far stranger and bleaker than his contemporaries. The Stand4rd will hit Rock the Garden on June 20.
Kingdom even netted some international attention earlier this year after appearing on Kanye West's one-off single "All Day" alongside Trinidian-born MC Theophilus London and some wrinkly oaf named Paul McCartney.
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