Last year, the meditative DIY Brooklyn rapper/producer Ka teamed up with producer Preservation to form a duo called Dr. Yen Lo, and they album they released, Days With Dr. Yen Lo, sounded like bleak mid-’90s New York boom-bap taken apart and reassembled by minimalist aliens. I loved it. Ka has now followed it up with a new self-released two-song single, and he’s made a video for one of its songs, “30 Keys.” Though Ka tends to produce his own music, the beat for this one actually comes from like-minded New York veteran Roc Marciano. The song is a crime-life reminisce, rendered artfully and beautifully. And Ka himself directed the black-and-white video, in which Ka raps in the rain and fills his DVD tray up with blaxploitation classics. Check it out below.
The Superfly Single is out now on Ka’s own Iron Works label; you can get it at iTunes.