You could make a strong case that The Night’s Gambit, the album that the Brownsville, Brooklyn rapper Ka released last month, is the year’s best rap album. The album only had one guest-verse (from like-minded blunted maverick Roc Marciano), and Ka produced all of the album’s moody, contemplative beats himself. Ka also releases his own records and directs and edits his own meditative black-and-white videos. (And he holds down a day job as a firefighter, which is frankly staggering.) In Ka’s latest video, for the Night’s Gambit track “Peace Akhi,” he plays a chess match against himself in an outdoor park. -- Stereogum
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