by Joshlyn Booth
From struggle to stardom, Kevin Elijah Burgess has managed to overcome a life full of economic difficulties and fear to one where he enjoys a life sharing his commitment to God through his music.
Formally known as KB, he often introduces himself as “K to the second letter,” referring to the second letter of the alphabet. He is signed to Reach Records, and strives to minister to people through Christian rap.
KB has recorded two studio albums, one series album, an extended play recording and one mix tape.
"Tomorrow We Live"
KB’s second studio album, “Tomorrow We Live,” was released in April 2015, and this compilation combines beats and lyrics that are slow at times and then fast and edgy, while also giving the album both a Christian and mainstream feel.
“Sideways,” the first single released from the 14-track album features a guest appearance from Christian rap artist Lecrae. KB manages to capture the listener’s attention with a fast-paced beat for this track.
KB and Lecrae show how talented they are in their rapping ability, but their overuse of metaphors and fast rapping makes it difficult to understand what they’re saying. Unless listeners understand the metaphors, this song can be challenging to comprehend.
For example, KB says, “Beast four quarters won’t change for a dollar.” The connection between change and a dollar might make sense for the listener, but the use of the word “beast” may be difficult to interpret.
Another song, “Ima Just Do It,” has a bass and rap flow so captivating that it can make a listener quickly vibe to it and bob his or her head. This track includes a guest appearance from professional golfer Bubba Watson, who also enjoys rapping. This single is much easier to follow and understand, and has a mix of mainstream and Christ-centered lyrics.
Watson says, “No golf lesson, just God's blessing. Nuthin' He can't handle.” Here Watson gives us a message related to God. KB mentioned Jesus as well one time in the song, but he uses mostly neutral lyrics throughout. At one point, KB says, “Oh you gotta be faithful, homie, ain't gotta be amazing. Put a ring on dat girl like Muhammad Ali did to Laila.” This lyric shifts the focus back to mainstream.
Where to Hear and Buy Album
“Tomorrow We Live” runs a little over 50 minutes long, and can be heard on YouTube. It also can be purchased for $9.99 on iTunes. The album is also available for purchase through Google Play, Amazon and Walmart.
A Mix of Christian and Mainstream
Overall, the album has some praiseworthy aspects, including a combination of vocals from other artists and a mix of beats, both of which offer the listener variety. KB also does a good job of thinking outside the box with his lyrics. He knows how to widen his audience through the mainstream songs that even non-Christians can listen to.
However, “Tomorrow We Live” is too mainstream. KB goes from rapping about angels that were praising God in the “Weight and Glory” album to making songs that barely even mention God. I don’t recommend this album to anyone who truly cares about hearing Jesus mentioned in every line or song. Only buy if you like a mix of Christian and mainstream.