Descendants Of Cain

KA - Descendants Of Cain
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 308 ratings
2020 Ratings: #17
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May 1, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Much like its monochromatic predecessors, Descendants of Cain proves an exceptional listen. Pairing Ryan’s sublime lyricism with organic production and a precisely constructed concept, the MC’s fifth project is a superb statement piece from one of rap’s most ingenious poets.

81
Pitchfork
The Brooklyn rapper moves carefully between knotty verses and blunt lines to make some of the most immersive and exhilarating songs of his career.
79
Beats Per Minute
The realism of Ka’s music is brutal and honest, and doesn’t require layers of thick production to pull you into the atmosphere.
70
The Needle Drop

While Descendants of Cain doesn't have the consistent mythos of Orpheus vs. the Sirens and is at times typical for Ka, his pen game and delivery are as sharp as ever.

thejacktackshac
84
Ka has raised the BAR!
Visionary is not usually a word I would use to describe an artist within Hip-Hop music, but I would most definitely use that word to describe the music of Ka/Kaseem Ryan. Ka stands outside the majority of the mainstream rap world because of his attention to detail in places that generally get overlooked in rap. Specifically, in areas not often explored, such as defined narratives and engaging lyrical content that rivals few. In this way, Ka takes rap to its potential, ... read more
WhatTheFunk
84
Ka × Gustave Doré

Okay, so for once, let's give the album cover the credit it deserves: that of a true work of art.

Gustave Doré, great album cover designer? It was said for a Mono's cover, the Japanese post-rock band that reused a work from Dante's Divine Comedy by Doré for their album "Requiem For Hell": the French illustrator, painter, sculptor and caricaturist (1832-1883) essentially saw his work reused by death, black or heavy metal bands. There was ... read more
AZIZ
88
Ka strikes the underground with Madvilliany levels of resonance.

Similar to Jay's "A Written Testimony" Ka borrows from religious scripture and relates the material to his own points of view. This time Ka leaves no room for error as he raps over some of his darkest production yet.
snowman
80
Western NY underground hip hop legend Ka is back from his hiatus to give us “Descendants of Cain”.
I have so many nice things to say about this, but can we please start with the production? Roc Marciano gives a helping hand on a couple of tracks but the majority of this thing is handled by Ka himself and wow is it immaculate.
It feels so classy, it’s like LA Noire mixed with Vito Corleone mixed with Wu Tang with a hint of a biblical/medieval feel. The samples are soul, psych, ... read more
HHGA
88
Descendants Of Cain is Brownsville, NYC emcee/producer Ka's seventh studio album, following 2018’s Orpheus vs. The Sirens, which he made with producer Animoss. Descendants of Cain is his first album under the name Ka since 2016’s Honor Killed the Samurai. He has been responsible for a couple of the best Hip Hop albums released in the 2010s, especially his last two albums as Ka are low-key classics that have gained him a host of loyal fans.

Following the solid Grief Pedigree (2012), ... read more
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Track List

  1. Every Now and Then
  2. Unto the Dust
  3. Patron Saints
  4. My Brother's Keeper
  5. Solitude of Enoch
  6. The Eye of a Needle
  7. P.R.A.Y.
  8. Land of Nod
  9. Sins of the Father
  10. Old Justice
  11. I Love (Mimi, Moms, Kev)
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Added on: April 28, 2020