Kid Ink, ‘Almost Home’ – EP Review
Kid Ink has been making big moves ever since he signed with RCA Records earlier this year. The Los Angeles native recently grabbed over 2 million views on YouTube with his 'Bad A--' video and he's currently on tour with Kendrick Lamar.
Now fans are eagerly awaiting for his major label debut to drop -- but before he releases his follow-up to 'Up & Away,' Kid Ink is giving us an appetizer prior to the main course.
Ink's new EP, 'Almost Home,' is a preview of great things to come from the 27-year-old rhymer. The collection boasts six anthemic tunes that should get you charged for the summer months ahead. Standouts include the bombastic song 'Power and the Money,' the inspiring track 'Sunset' and the laid-back remix of 'Bad A--.'
Hitmakers Rico Love, Lifted, N4, Devin Cruise, Ned Cameron, KB and others provide Kid Ink with some great production. Fellow rappers French Montana, A$AP Ferg, Meek Mill and Wale are the only star power featured on the EP.
Overall, if you are a Kid Ink fan, you'll appreciate this musical preview. You can expect his full-length album to drop later this fall.
To listen to Kid Ink's album 'Almost Home' in its entirety, click here.
1. 'Bossin' Up' Feat. A$AP Ferg + French Montana
Produced by Lifted, who blessed Kanye West with that 'Mercy' beat, the song is perfect for cruising in your car. Adding to the mix is "Mr. Haann" French Montana and fellow RCA artist A$AP Ferg. Montana and Ferg spit braggadocios raps, while Mr. Ink raps luxury rhymes at the end of the song.
2. 'F--- Sleep' Feat. Rico Love
On this get-money anthem, Kid Ink details his daily grind and ignoring the importance of a good night's sleep. "F--- Sleep / 'Cause I got a lot of bills and nobody's gonna pay them but me / I keep my mind on my money, I don't love these h--s / F--- sleep / You can chill while I still stack these bills," he raps on the chorus. Joining the cipher is the track's producer Rico Love, who spits a few lines himself.
3. 'Was It Worth It' Feat. Sterling Simms
On this song, Kid Ink tells a female companion that he could give her all the love and luxury in the world if she stays by his side. "Stop messing with those lames / You know I can show you better," he raps.
4. 'Money and the Power'
A standout track on the EP. Produced by N4, 'Money and the Power' is a bombastic anthem that Kid Ink is famous for. On here, the tattooed rhymer vows to stay on his grind and to never stop reaching for the top. "We've been going hard for too long," he spits.
This synth-heavy song should put you in the mood for the summer. Here, Ink reflects on his hard work as he basks in the glow of the sunset. The Los Angeles native encourages his fans to pursue their dreams, as well. 'Sunset' has the makings of a potential radio single.
6. 'Bad A--' (Remix) Feat. Meek Mill + Wale
The original version was turnt up, but for the remix, Kid Ink slows it down just a bit with 808 drum beats and whining synths (courtesy of producer KB). The remix also has a throwback West Coast sound that is tailor-made for cruising around in your car. [Watch the Video]