Neak - KWESBAAR
What are you VULNERABLE to?
That's the ethical question Neak's self-produced album asks of oneself...
Soaked in the elements of hip-hop, jazz, soul, funk, and driven by heavy synthesizing and collaborative instrumentation, Neak designs a musical platform allowing him to discuss his greatest insecurities, agonizing internal fears, and featuring the trials and tribulations of people through many walks of life. Employing fluent rhyme schemes on striking subjects like, "Lost Fathers," and "Gold," to crafting a tribute to soul/jazz/funk legend "Kool and The Gang" on "Dreamer's Sadness" where Neak orchestrates vintage synth leads, he plays himself. KWESBAAR pushes his musical prowess to a level beyond his past; demonstrating his love for retro production and true-to-life raps. Collaborating alongside a multitude of skillful musicians such as trumpeter Sam Trump, pianist Aminata Burton, alto sax player Caroline Davis, and rap luminaries such as GLC, Rita J., and Rashid Hadee, this album is nothing short of a masterpiece inside and out. KWESBAAR is Neak's first introduction as an all-inclusive producer using the landscape of his life as a classroom moving from his current consciousness, to the next.
Artist Bio: If your father, Robert Kelly of the R&B/Gospel/Soul group "The Kelly Brothers," performed alongside Funk & Soul legends like James Brown & Sam Cooke, chances are being a product of your environment meant only one thing…following the path of musicianship set directly before him. Chicago-based Hip-Hop artist / producer Neak draws vivid verbal portraits which find inspiration in the spirit of U.S. culture and his own deep-seating personal experiences. Naming Nas, 2Pac, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Common, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Elzhi, Jay-Z, etc. as his main lyrical influences, Neak preserves the aesthetics of true-to-life Rap; authenticity, originality, and excellence all evoke a heartfelt emotion for listeners of his music.