April 10, 2008
Kev Brown clearly studied at the Pete Rock/J Dilla school of jazz & soul influenced beat architecture. This isn’t a bad thing. With I Do What I Do, the Maryland native constructs a seamless album centered on melancholy guitars, walking basslines and chilled out beats. The breezy jazz interludes are a natural transition between tracks and clearly a nod to PR.
The album’s themes are easy to relate to, ranging from the serious (paying dues, paying rent, paying in heartbreak) to the jovial (booze, barbecue and braggadocio). Kev comes across as a down-to-earth dude, and though the lyrics aren’t overly complex, he holds his own with a laid back confidence.
While I lament the steady decline of hip hop as much as the next guy, there are still gems to be discovered. I Do What I Do is one of them and I recommend you pick it up. Just don’t download it, cause Kev needs the money…he says so in the intro.