Kool A.D. - Word OK

The former Das Racist member Kool A.D. has released a shit-ton of solo material since his crew broke up a couple of years ago, but his new album Word O.K., released onto the internet on what seems like a whim last night, may be the easiest-yet entry point to his solo music (even if it’s also a companion piece to this past December’s Not O.K.). The album comes in at a relatively compact 11 tracks, and it features an impressive and varied roster of collaborators: Toro Y Moi, Talib Kweli, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Boots Riley, Lakutis, Issue. Musically, it’s all woozily sunny production and blunted wordplay, but there’s a lot to pick through in there, too. The opening track “Open Letter” also has a video from “Bound 2″ director Nick Knight, a thoroughly pleasant day-in-the-life thing. Watch it and stream the whole album below.

Name your price to download the album at Bandcamp.

Comments (5)
  1. Alright now, guys, can we slow down on the rap releases? I can’t keep up with all of this. There isn’t enough time on my off day to catch back up at this point. I gave Kevin Gates’ new one a spin and now I have to move on to YG, and now more are piling up behind that. I like that Gates tape but I can’t go back to re-listen right now! Too much left to hear! OH GOD I JUST REMEMBERED I NEVER HEARD THREE SEA SHELLS! NO, I CAN’T GO BACK RIGHT NOW! I CAN’T…… I can’t………..

  2. Open Letter is absolutely sick. Wow.

  3. This is by far the most ambitious thing Kool A.D. has done. Really hoping for a full column on this one.

  4. This is good, but it’s weird that I like Not O.K. more so far, given that those songs are considered “outtakes.”

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