Heart of a King
There’s no denying the quality that Devine Carama is currently turning out. Heart of a King is the culmination of over a year of buildup, a rare enough effort for locals with a “team” behind him, much less someone who is basically doing it himself. The Lexington emcee has crafted a high-quality record, one that deserves to stand on a national scale. He does a good job of balancing street-corner proselytizing, sexual bravado, relationship troubles, Christianity, and single fatherhood, filtered through a hip-hop lens. Some of the seemingly inconsistent associations that all those commas engender can cause careful listeners to nitpick, but, really, how many of us at 30 have it all figured out without contradiction? This is the portrait of an artist as a young man, growing up. Pay attention.