Ka, Rapping Firefighter, Waxes Streetwise in ‘You Know It’s About’ Video

Ka 'You Know It's About' Video The Night's Gambit

Ka may have released the best rap album of 2013 with The Night’s Gambit, a minimal masterwork of whispered knowledge and abstracted boom-bap written, produced, and performed by the man himself. The Brooklyn firefighter/artist directs his own music videos as well and they dwell in a similar space. Previously released clips for “Peace Akhi” and “Jungle” are black-and-white, set in Ka’s New York, and free of any frills whatsoever. Now the album opener “You Know It’s About” gets a visual, via Nah Right, that shows our host looking as contemplative and hardened as he sounds, rapping quietly behind fences and bars, with a few of his lyrics finding literal footing in between. “They hear my voice,” he hisses. “They know it’s about / That pain, that gutter.”

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