Not content with topping the AIR Independent Album Charts just a couple months ago with his sophomore album Any Given D-Day, the South Australian renaissance man has dropped a cheeky companion piece of five tracks as he heads off on his first national headline tour.
It may appear like a compilation of B-Sides, but that is far from the case. “It’s not leftovers,” says K21, and the tracks reiterate that sentiment in volumes. With production handled by the man himself, STRICT FACE, Faint One & Branford, the extended play is yet another example of K21’s prowess as a lyricist with underground roots but modern sensibilities.
The project also features another collaboration with Chicago’s Grammy winning Rhymefest on the home city ode Carry On, as well as feature spots from Heems (Das Racist) and Lakutis.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Golden Era Records signee, he recently lit up Instagram and Facebook timelines with his #AnyGivenRapChallenge – an open to invitation to rappers far and wide to remix his song Something(One) In The Water to score an original beat from the man himself for the grand prize winner, as well as a support slots for the best entry from each state of the upcoming tour.
The competition clocked over 150 entries from 4 different countries with Sydneysider Johniepee taking out the grand prize, while Trigz, Strictly DT, Clue and Kullas will all join K21 onstage in their home cities.
The new EP actually kicks off with the verse that started it all – and listening to it in context with the other four songs, it is clear that K21 doesn’t write throwaways. The Adelaider is on a killing spree, making up for his hiatus, whilst adding to a strong legacy for himself and the next generation of Golden Era Records. Tickets for K21’s current national tour are on sale now.
Written by Kieron Byatt