Kirk Knight is one of the rising stars to come out of the Pro Era camp. Knight may be familar to many as he featured on Joey BadA$$‘ 2012 project 1999, dropping a guest verse on track ‘Where It’$ At‘. Since then, he handled producton duties on a number of Pro Era‘s biggest songs, including Joey BadA$$‘ lead single ‘Big Dusty‘ from this years’ B4.DA.$$. After taking out some time to live life and perfect his craft, the Brooklyn’s rapper is back and has released his anticipated debut project Late Knight Special.
Kirk Knight shared his first single and borough anthem ‘Brokeland‘ earlier this year and followed that up with his nocturnal banger ‘Knight Time‘ and dropped his most recent single with ‘Dead Friends‘, the solemn collaboration with Chicago’s Noname Gypsy and Los Angeles bass stalwart Thundercat. Late Knight Special showcases Kirk’s appeal as a standalone artist, demonstrating a range of flows, melodies as well as his talent for production and songwriting. All twelve tracks are produced by Kirk himself, as well as some co-production from Chicago collective ThemPeople and features from Mick Jenkins, Thundercat, Noname Gypsy, TheMind and, of course, Joey BadA$$. His moods shift throughout as well: sometimes Knight is contemplative [‘All For Nothing‘], sometimes flirtatious [‘Scorpio‘], sometimes aggressive [‘Brokeland‘]. He takes us through the highs and lows of his life with a breathless flow that straddles the line between passionate recitation and excited ramble. In fact, the defining feature of his rhyme style is the earnestness in his voice.
Following a mammoth US tour alongside The Underachievers, Pouya and The Buffet Boys, and Bodega Bamz, Kirk Knight will join Joey BadA$$ on a European run through December [tickets available here]