Kota the Friend Appreciates the Delicacies of ‘Everything’ in Life [Review]
Written by 2DOPEBOYZ on May 28, 2020
The 12 months 2020 hasn’t turned out like we anticipated or hoped it will be. Chants of “That is my 12 months!” have been saved away for use on the subsequent calendar change whereas the world has been compelled to change into extra acquainted with our properties and lose familiarity with the actions we as soon as loved.
Because the weeks flip into months, we’re hopeful that after we embark on the outside once more, an appreciation for it follows. Seeking to showcase it now reasonably than later, Kota The Pal provides an appreciative look into the various parts of his life on his sophomore album, Everything.
All the things stands as Kota’s second album, however it additionally follows his Lyrics To Go, Vol. 1 mission from earlier this 12 months. Both manner, the album arrives at an ideal time whether or not it’s coincidental or intentional. Throughout the 12-track album, the Brooklyn-born rapper takes a second to pause and soak the blessings life has dropped at him, all with assist from KYLE, tobi lou, Bas, Joey Bada$$, Lakeith Stanfield, Lupita Nyong’o, and extra.
Updating listeners on what has occurred since his final mission. Kota particulars what “all the pieces” is about on the album’s intro, “Summerhouse.” Relishing within the simplistic great thing about life whereas craving for the moments we as listeners actually respect–ones that drive us to neglect the digital world we regularly eat ourselves in. “Open your thoughts, activate the vibe and get off the web/ Depart it behind, saying goodbye, transfer it alongside,” he raps on the tune’s first verse.
Instilling this simplicity all through the album, Kota ensures listeners that the modifications in his life won’t ever translate to vary in his persona on “Volvo” as he calls himself an “outdated soul” who may pull up within the far-from-extraordinary car. “Get my bread proper, get my head proper/ No regrets, by no means stress, the place the tip like,” a seemingly easy code to dwell by.
Among the many many points of his life, Kota takes time to embrace love and his infatuation with the right lady. Whereas a lot All the things sounds just like the closing moments of the day because the solar units, “Long Beach” lives within the solar’s brightest level. Full of the joy of a day drive with the highest down, Kota celebrates the lady in his life who’s all the pieces desired and extra. “However she actin’ up, a great woman however she unhealthy as f**okay/ She on ten however I’m catching up, she sweat me and I fuel her up,” he says playfully. Lots of of miles away from one another, Kota extends the occasional moments they’ve collectively whereas eager for an eventual return whereas they’re aside.
“Away Park,” finds the Brooklyn native knee-deep in love once more. This time, nevertheless, he longs for an island of peace and serenity along with his lover. Promising to “take [her] to a protected place and make area,” Kota as soon as once more seeks the simplicity by discovering a hiding place from the bustling commotion of on a regular basis life.
Kota’s examination of all the pieces hitting the mould of simplicity he wishes boils all the way down to his want to keep grounded for his son, Lil Kota. The younger voice that gleefully says “All the things” identical to his dad, Kota exhibits listeners his guiding mild in life – one which exhibits him the trail forward in addition to the bottom beneath him – on the “Seven” interlude. “When all of that is achieved and I’m not popping and you understand, nobodies checking for me,” he begins, “I’m gonna nonetheless have a child, and he’s gonna… it’s as much as him what he takes away from our relationship.”
Whether or not it’s a cookout with longtime pals or a picnic with the lady who holds his coronary heart, All the things finds its house within the moments the place nothing else issues. From the full-stomached laughs in the course of the cookout to the head-over-heels seems of a romantic picnic, Kota takes an in depth notice of what can’t be held and pocketed, however reasonably what is going to function a comforting reminiscence for darker instances. Whereas we as listeners patiently look forward to the doorways of society to reopen, All the things is the pause earlier than step one and a delicate reminder to understand the weather as soon as taken as a right.
All the things finds Kota The Pal earnestly appreciating the delicacies in life. He pays no thoughts to hectic dealings that eat a lot of our lives. No, it’s the peaceable moments that permit him to look at the sundown or get pleasure from moments along with his lover or his son that catch his eye. Synonymous with Lakeith’s message on his interlude, All the things is a warm-hearted smile in any respect issues current in Kota’s life as he continues to progress in the direction of attaining extra and undertaking his targets and goals.