When Baltimore’s Infinity Knives DMed me, saying he was going to release a rap project, I was excited. The multi-talented artist made a mark on my ears with the Dear, Sudan and In the Mouth of Sadness (Ugly Nigga From Heaven) projects. After hearing the first release from that project, “Ken x Karen,” I can soundly say I’m looking forward to the direction I hope we’re going.
“Ken x Karen” is equal parts satire and protest song, putting Knives, Brian Ennals and collaborators Kotic Couture in the shows of privileged white people. The bars bite and the somewhat glitchy production adds an element of “this is the true glitch in the system.” Meanwhile, we get a laundry list of “excuses” from Ken and Karen for their actions, including old “favorites” like “I’m not racist, I love Black music.”
It’d be funny if it wasn’t so true and angering.
This, of course, brings in the protest element of the track. We, as a people, can’t just sit here and let microaggressions wash over us. We can’t just let people say “I’m not racist” and not check them when they do/say some racist stuff. Additionally, we can’t let despicable mindsets fester and grow. We do that and we’ve lost and I, for one, am damn sure not ready to say “I quit.”
Check out the track above and remember that protests come in many forms. Oh, and support dope music in all its forms.