Indiana has something to say, specifically Indianapolis. While artists like Freddie Gibbs from Gary have been building a hype behind the state — and region as a whole — Indianapolis native Mark Battles has been quietly starting an army. After breaking through with former Fly America member Dereck Luh, as well as his own, up and coming artist King Kap has been taking advantage of every opportunity. After co-headling a tour with the group, the Midwest native releases, FRESCO, an emphatic, “Hello” to the industry.
With a solid sound that’s self-described as, “restoring the feeling,” Kap and producer Tyjuan collaborate to create a highly enjoyable album. Set at what I believe is the perfect number of tracks for a project, which is ten, FRESCO may not be as personal–which may come later–but what it lacks in self-examination, it more than makes up for in bravado, melodies and just pure fun. Songs like, “In The Lobby” & “Lit Lit” have the potential to be fan favorites, while “Disorted Luv” is the one that highlights some of Kap’s potential as a songwriter.
After standing out on the Fly America complation, The Collective, Kap has hinted at more videos for songs like, “I Need It” and the fan favorite, “Jimmy Butler.” Couple that with another tour that kicks off tomorrow in Chicago and first week sales that rivaled another buzzing up and comer, Futuristic, it’s apparent that Kap’s strong online presence is paying off.
Check out King Kap’s album, FRESCO, here and be sure to keep a close eye on the Indianapolis native.