Nestled somewhere deep beneath a sea of dreads are the thoughts of Adrian Boykin (a.k.a. rapper Konsep), thoughts that provide the fuel for some of the most diverse and infectious hip hop on the site today. Surfacing on the scene in Northern Dallas via Chicago’s South Side, Konsep’s EP Enovative Inglish immediately recalls fellow Chicago stalwarts—the unyielding dogma of Kanye West (evident in “Real Hip Hop”), the instrumentally lush creations of Lupe Fiasco (heard in narratives like “Hero”) and the home-brewed underground realism of Common (most audible in “Rearview”). And if you think these comparisons are way out of reach, think again. Konsep is incredibly well- connected. As stated in his bio, his rhymes have traversed the industry’s hip hop web from the hands of Russell Simmons to Cash Money, and according to a line in Real Hip Hop, he even runs with the Dead Prez crew. If you need photographic proof of these ties, just check his profile for a Kodak moment he shared with a certain doggy dog.
So what about his music? Real Hip Hop casts Boykin’s larger-than-life persona against a heroic backdrop—his rampant ego rattling eardrums over a brazen and cinematic soundscape setting the stage for a supernatural showdown: “The man above it all/ yes I am his son.” His arguably unwarranted arrogance may initially leave a sour taste however Konsep goes on to prove his depth through social observations later in the track, sagaciously spelling out: “Life is a routine/ he rap she sing/ look back, damn we all chasin’ the same dream/ I’m here to educate/ aw watch them hesitate/ if crack was a class then we’d all fuckin’ gradate.”
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