Staff Writer: Orian Johnson
Cover art for uRTH GoLD
The newest project by KAMAU is here and it is on par with, and I would say even better, than his first EP. The newest EP, named TheKAMAU-CASSETTE: uRTH GoLD, has been out for eight days as of today (September 11th) and is already gaining a lot of traction on social media, and for good reason too. I’ll start off by mentioning that the EP in its entirety is on YouTube with explanations for almost every one of the songs, and fully fleshed out music videos for three. The first thing to notice about each song is that they’re not only all colors, but the phonetic spelling of those colors as well, because he “wanted to honor the way the words sound,” and loves “the design and attention to it within all things.” However, I’ll be spelling them without the special characters. Each color symbolizes something represented in the lyrics of the song, and KAMAU elaborates on each color choice save two tracks, and those have music videos. The first song, PeaRL is purely instrumental and has a rather fast beat. The description tells us that pearls are thought of as “shiny off-white spheres,” and that they’re more than that, as they can “also contain a mixture of overtones.” This is much like how the song, in his words, “precedes a very colorful project,” and colorful it is; lyrically as well as literally. This EP is truly something to marvel at, and every song bar of the first track has lyrics with very clear message and meaning, but there’s still fun to be had in songs. HaZeL, for instance, is an upbeat track about a man meeting a woman in a coffee shop who was so beautiful “that beside her, everyone else looked like poop,” and consistently references poo throughout the song when describing aspects of life without this woman. Interesting, no? The song, MaRiNe, has to do with refusal to sacrifice spiritual fulfillment for fleeting financial security, and really listening to the lyrics puts a smile on your face and makes you feel powerful, especially if you’re struggling with any creative aspect of your life. My favorite song, BuRGuNDY, is one KAMAU named after dried blood, dead roses, and as he very clearly puts it, “established pain,” and the somber lyrics and tone of the song exemplifies this. uRTH GoLD has quickly become my favorite album/EP/musical compilation as there are tracks for getting hype, vibing, or just appreciating a unique style of R&B rap. I very strongly suggest that those reading this go and listen to a bit of each song to see if you enjoy it, I can say with confidence, even if the style isn’t for you, that you’ll be able to appreciate the intricacy and the sheer amount of love in each song.