Descendants Of Cain

KA - Descendants Of Cain
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 556 ratings
2020 Ratings: #76
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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.

WhatTheFunk
67
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
soundworld
87
This one is for all the lovers of poetry, storytelling & wordplay.

KA is truly a born poet. He parallels the street life in his native Brownsville, Brooklyn, still today one of NYC's roughest neighborhoods, with the biblical story of Cain's descendants, as the album's title suggests. The result is an extremely dense and introspective listen, ripe with Ka's patented double entendres and quasi-spoken word delivery.

For critics of KA's "sleepy" tone, I'm afraid he pretty much ... 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.
HHGA
84
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
nostalgia
50
After seeing the amount of praise this album had been garnering online I must admit my hopes were extremely high yet I also didn't know what to expect as I had never previously listened to any projects from Ka but I have to admit that while I do think this is a good album overall, it definitely failed to wow me in any way.

There's one thing about 'Descendants of Cain' that I cannot deny: it is incredibly strong in the lyrical departament. Yet alas for me the only reason I would revisit this ... 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