“Now, look what I created… created/Ma-ma-mama, look what I created/In my room, in my room/for the world,” raps Allan Kingdom on “Binoculars,” the first taste of newly minted quartet the stand4rd’s debut album. Teenagers and twenty-somethings have steadily overtaken the indie-online rap sphere from poster-laden bedrooms and dorms, stacked with audio gear and neglected textbooks. Kingdom, charismatic and melodic as ever, nods his head to that trend. He’s short, sweet and penning lines worth sharing, much like most all of the St. Paul native’s latest material. An always-promising artist is flourishing before our eyes.
And, to reiterate, he’s not alone. Fellow Minnesotans Spooky Black, Psymun and Bobby Raps compile the stand4rd, a powerhouse team that’s as self-sufficient as it is nimble in production preference. To prove shared upbringings and creative environments mold similar wavelengths, look no further than the stand4rd.
If you’re in search of an impressive record opposite RTJ2 on the mood spectrum, grab your fix below. Expect a proper review of this project sooner than later.