From the onset rapper Kristan Kior lets you know that you are in for an exciting and interesting ride with “13 Lives Of Kior – volume: I Write My Own Songs,” and what it a ride it is. It’s not a ride through space and time, but a ride on the rollercoaster of life. It's a young female hip hop artist's journey through life's breathtaking highs and agonizing lows. Its stories of a young life just learning about and experiencing love life sex relationships growth and the bumps and bruises one acquires along the way.
The track "Explanation" samples The Miracles 60's Motown hit "Ooo Baby Bay." It’s both a hip-hop apology letter and thank you letter. Kior thanks all those who did not forsake her or give up on her when she was growing up and being an ornery difficult bratty fool. She explains that she was young, foolish and immature trying to find her way in a confusing world, and apologizes for the hurt and aggravation she caused family and friends along the way.
I’m a firm believer in following one's dream, so naturally I dig “Follow Your Dreams,” a great tune with a jazzy 80's quiet storm feel. Kior raps that only you can make your dreams a reality; so follow your heart and don't listen to the negativity of others when they tell you (and they will) that you can't obtain your dreams, it’s impossible.
"Rollercoaster" is all about relationships. What's interesting is that it is not about dysfunctional relationships, it's about an everyday loving relationship, the struggle to keep that relationship going and not giving up on the relationship when it becomes sometimes unsatisfying and mundane. Kior decides that abandoning the relationship is for the best. Then she decides to stay in the union, and then she thinks she’ll leave again, then to stay, and she continues with this back and forth. The song illustrates that once you have invested time in a person and have formed a committed union with a person it’s not so easy to walk away from them. She asserts, sure her lover is not living up to your expectations at that moment, but you love them and care about them. Then she asks herself is she living up to her lover’s expectations of her. She comes to realize that her lover is not perfect and neither is she. Love can be as the 70’s funk/soul band the Ohio Players once said, a ride on a "Love Rollercoaster."
The smoking grooves of "KryptaKronaKunalite Ms. Jackson" will send you to the dance floor. Kior raps about being more ladylike, never realizing that she is already a lady, a lady with her head on straight as she makes it clear that she is no one's booty call, she is not seeking sex and no one will be spending the night with her, she’s just wants to enjoy life and have a grand time being a vivacious young lady.
As you all know I love my electronica and I get it with the track "Get Right". It doesn’t just have the electricity I crave it's got everything including a dynamite rap, and soulful male vocals. The song flows with a nice 1970s like groove. It's all about how wonderful love is when two people click, not just sexually, but emotionally, financially, occupationally. Kior exuberantly raps about how wonderful it is when two people working together to achieve the same goals; they respect love and admire each other, it's exhilarating when two people, get it right.
"Impossible" catches you from the very start with its infectious addictive broken rap vocals "you-make-me-so-im-possi-ble." This is the tune you want blasting from your car windows down on a summer's day, and you rap along with Kior.
The rap of "Cold" falls like a cold hard bone chilling rain. It’s when you care for, nurture, support, and are always there for someone, then they leave you without a second thought. You brokenheartedly realize that all the time it was all about them, never you….I think it's safe to say that many of us have been there.
Kior gives us a bit of reggae/dance hall in “Wind,” how to play the sexual game in “Can I,” and the social network culture of “Oh-Enm-Gee.” In “I know” Kior displays how she is adept at to perpetrating and assuming other personalities and how these adopted personalities are actually survival skills, skills that enable her to see through duplicity of others, allowing her to see what they are all about. After all she’s live 13 different lives, so she ought to know.
On “13 Lives Of Kior – volume: I Write My Own Songs” you can hear the 70’s 80’s soul influences, the 90’s hip hop hardness, and great music samples. Keeping with the culture of rap/hip hop you will find the “N” word sprinkled here and there as well as some profanity, but it is all used in artistic ways. The album is at times gritty, at times street, at other times embracing and sweet.
Kior is only in her early twenties, so she’s got many people to meet and many more lives to live. It will be interesting to see how her music evolves and lives she takes on as time progresses. Kior raps like a seasoned pro on issues dealing with life love, the clubs, sex, and growing up into young adulthood. Her work is honest and not at all naïve giving her street creed. I found Kristan Kior to be a female rap version of country music icon Hank Williams because like Williams even though she young her lyrics come across as axioms written by an older wiser person who has lived.
©2013 Rix Roundtree-Harrison
Artist Contact: KiMaCktheartist@gmail.com
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