Kasim Keto - Long Way (audio from the album ‘Long Car Rides’)
So what with it being nearly Christmas an all, new worthwhile releases are getting a bit thin on the ground unless you are into shite compilations and deluxe edition. Thankfully the odd quality is still popping onto my radar. One of these is ‘Long Car Rides’, the debut album by Kasim Keto which just showed up on Spotify this week after being released on Babygrande Records a couple of weeks ago.
In simple terms ‘Long Car Rides’ is an album of instrumental hip-hop. However that really doesn’t do this moody and inspired collection justice. Yes the beats and trappings are definitely hip-hop flavoured but there are elements jazz and electronic music in there giving the album a soundtrack feel at times, perhaps for a late-night road movie through the urban fringes.
About Mr. Keto himself here is what I know: He was born in Brooklyn and raised by two Jamaican immigrant parents. In his adolescence he moved from New York, to Alabama, to Florida and then back to New York within the span of two years as an adolescent and it was in a diverse array of musical styles that he found sanctity. This is now reflected in the eclectic music he is now producing.
If you like what you hear below be sure to keep your eyes & ears open for this guy in the future. I expect to hear is beats on lots of rap traps in the future (check out ‘Bust The Work Down’, a track he did with Roc Marciano for the A3C compilation.)
Kasim Keto jumped in the lab with Roc Marciano for Bust the Work Down which came out this week on the “A3C Volume 3” compilation. You can stream the track HERE
Make sure you kick back to Kasim’s debut album, Long Car Rides, when it hits stores worldwide on November 19, 2013.
Kasim Keto - Bust the Work Down ft Roc Marciano (produced by Kasim Keto)
Executive Producers for A3C: Brian Knott & Mike Walbert
A&R and Product Manager for iHipHop Distribution: Jeremy Gerson
Additional A&R: Dice The God
Product Manager for A3C: Azizza Brinson
Social Media Manager: Victoria Coker
Viral Video: Jen Levy & Serge Fleury
Artwork: Bart Sasso
Mastering: Bob Macc @ Subvert Central Mastering, London, UK
Special thanks to Chung King Studios, Eric Bayruns, Matt Pappo, Fort Knox, and Greg Figueroa.
Kasim Keto in the studio putting the final touches on his debut album, “Long Car Rides”
In stores worldwide on November 19, 2013