The 30 Best Albums of 2020 (So Far)

On one hand, who can think about stuff as trivial as this? On the other, what else is there to do? If art was made…
SPIN Staff / May 21, 2020

Mobb Deep’s Prodigy Remembered By AZ, DJ Whoo Kid, Mister Cee, Roc Marciano, and More

Mobb Deep's Prodigy passed away on Wednesday, June 21--his death has left a hole in hip-hop that was immediately felt by members of the community. He wasn't just a…

Ka and the Hidden Lineage of Brownsville Hip-Hop

Ka uses a minimalist’s palette — haunted instrumental loops and laconic delivery — to color his songs' brutal realism and serrated wit. The 44-year-old New York…
Brian Josephs / August 30, 2016

‘The New York Post’ Just Discovers Rapper Ka Is a Firefighter, Gets Roasted on Twitter

Ka isn't making headlines because people have finally come around to embrace his lyrical gifts. He's making headlines because of obnoxiously branded dog mats — known…
Brian Josephs / August 22, 2016

Review: Ka Is Calm Like a Bomb on ‘Honor Killed the Samurai’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: August 13, 2016Label: Iron WorksBrownsville rapper Ka’s voice commands close listening. It’s somewhere between a wheeze and a snarl,…
Sheldon Pearce / August 17, 2016

Ka Drops New Album ‘Honor Killed the Samurai,’ Releases Animated Video for ‘Just’

Brownsville DIY champ Ka released Honor Killed the Samurai, his fourth solo album, over the weekend. Those who've been following the veteran know what to expect…
Brian Josephs / August 15, 2016

Ka Teases New Album on Twitter

Brownsville poet Ka has been mostly quiet since dropping the underrated Days With Dr. Yen Lo last year. It's looking like the MC's silence will end next month.
Brian Josephs / July 19, 2016

The 50 Best Hip-Hop Debut Albums Since ‘Reasonable Doubt’

In honor of the recent 20th anniversary of Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, we’re publishing a series of pieces looking at the rapper’s singular…
SPIN Staff / July 1, 2016

Review: Mysterioso DIY Rapper Ka Becomes Dr. Yen Lo on ‘Days With Dr. Yen Lo’

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 18, 2015Label: Pavlov InstituteBrownsville MC Ka is a man among Shmoney-dancing boys, but by historical accident, he’s never…
M.T. Richards / May 28, 2015

Brandon Soderberg’s 25 Best Albums of 2013

To finish out the year, we'll be offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Today, Contributor Brandon Soderberg.
Brandon Soderberg / December 18, 2013

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

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…
Chris Martins / November 14, 2013

Watch Ka Take a Bluesy Trip Through the Brooklyn ‘Jungle’

If you're heading from Manhattan, Brooklyn's Brownsville lies past the posh neighborhoods, an area that has yet to see much of the gentrification that's taken…
Dan Reilly / October 3, 2013

Ka Likens Urban Warfare to a Chess Match in ‘Peace Akhi’ Video

Ka is a firefighter by profession, but on "Peace Akhi" he's a "Rap Game William Blake as printmaker poet, creating a whole weird world and…
Chris Martins / August 22, 2013

Ka, Rapper-Firefighter-Auteur, May Have Released the Best Hip-Hop Album of 2013 with ‘The Night’s Gambit’

9SPIN Rating: 9 of 10Release Date: July 26, 2013Label: Iron WorksKa is a truly singular rapper/producer from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood. Last year, he put out…
Brandon Soderberg / July 26, 2013

Rap Songs of the Week: 2 Chainz Teams Up With Jason Derulo for Some Reason

Arca, "&&&&&"Arca, a.k.a Alejandro Ghersi, a Venezuelan producer who made the beat for Mykki Blanco's "Join My Militia (Nas Gave Me a Perm)" and records…
Brandon Soderberg / July 25, 2013