Miami-based emcee Kidd Wes has released his highly anticipated LP, Church. The 11-track offering is a testament to Wes’s sonic utility and prophetic lyricism.
Church is powered by up-tempo production and undertones that define the new wave of South Florida Hip-Hop. But beneath the surface, Wes shows a remarkable ability to dive deeper, presenting complex subjects, and iconic delivery side-by-side.
Transitioning impressively from hard-hitting bars to melodic hooks, Church draws influence from a combination of trap, pop, and alternative hip-hop, creating a fresh atmosphere that still bumps. The diversity of Wes’ beat selection makes the album a great listen for the gym, or cruising down Biscayne Blvd.
It’s bangers like the album single No Pressure and It’s Me that are the heartbeat of the album, with their vibrant trap drums, heavy hooks, and short-bar verses. However, it’s the melodic undertones on joints like Heroes and Pick and Chose that provide texture and variety to an album. And it’s a unique spin on the struggle of one’s own morality and choices that become the connective tissue, linking tracks 1 – 11.
Kidd Wes addresses the internal battles of addiction, mental health, and personal demons that many people face. The EP also explores the struggles of complex relationships, self-empowerment, and personal growth. Wes approaches these issues with honesty and vulnerability. He doesn’t shy away from discussing the darker aspects of life. But listeners can find solace in knowing that they are not alone in their personal battles.
Overall, Church is a solid offering from Kidd Wes that showcases his versatility as an artist and his ability to create tracks that are both catchy and meaningful. With his unique blend of production styles and thoughtful lyrics, Kidd Wes is sure to continue making music Waves from Dade County, and beyond.