Our last encounter with 17-year-old Corpus Christi rapper Kevin Abstract came on “Rabbits,” a tag team effort with equally impressive 16 year-old Ameer Vann that saw the two rapping for the sake of rapping, but rapping their assess off in the process. “Rabbits” showed promise in each emcee’s display of budding style, lacking a bit in the content department.
Abstract’s self-titled EP marks a step forward in ambition. While his work doesn’t always feel entirely cohesive, Abstract patches many of his holes with youthful imagination and energy, and a flow that navigates beats with limber ease. Songs like “Dead,” which combines stream of consciousness and grim narrative, suggest a young rapper with substantial things to say if not the ever-present focus to say them with complete coherence of voice and tone. Still, the Kevin Abstract EP is worth a listen as a snapshot of a talented teenager making sense of his capacities and his story.
Stream the EP below and download it here.