Two years to the date, Miss Kam dropped the sequel to her debut album, Tew Faced (read Valentino’s review/story about that album here). Now TBC shows the maturation the twenty-something rhymesayer has gone through over the last two years. It also gives listeners an in-depth look into who Kam really is.
Where Tew Faced delved sonically and lyrically into who Kam was, at that time, TBC takes that, adds two years of experiences and explores the various strengths and weaknesses Kam may possess and has evaluated over her life. Sonically, it’s a rap rap album that has influences from various genres, even if it’s more centered around “rhythmic poetry..[about] evolution and transitions of Miss Kam’s career and self.” For example, “Let It Simmer” goes into the Baltimore Club sound–which is great. You’ve got all these mainstream artists borrowing from House and Club Music without actually knowing all that much about the culture. So, to hear an actual Baltimore artist drop hard AF club music? That’s awesome.
It’s hard to pinpoint a “favorite song” from this album. That’s because if you take just one song and say “oh this is fire,” you’re screwing up the process. What I mean to say is this: the whole project is meant to be heard in its entirety, not piecemealed out. That’s increasingly rare these days; many songs just have a viral moment and then you don’t hear anything from the artist for another six months. Either that or artist borrow elements from other subgenres without paying homage to where they got their new sound from.
Anywho, without getting too preachy, this one is an incredible album, one that you need in your playlists and collection. TBC is a project that lives up to its hype and delivers moments (and songs) that will stick with you for a good while after the album’s first playthrough. Check it out on Bandcamp, give Kam a purchase (I sure as hell did) and support dope music in all its forms.