Could Seek First The Kingdom be the outfit that picks up where Cross Movement left off? While reminiscent of a new incarnation of The Roots, SFK has a refreshing vibe that crosses hip-hop, ministry, and musicianship to great effect on their new mixtape The Upper Room.
Sometimes their sound is vintage and lo-fi. Sometimes it’s progressive and edgy.
The group is making a smart play offering Upper Room for free download on their website. Here, SFK presents 9 tracks of well-crafted hip-hop that pulls more of its strength from passion for Christ and real music than swag and typical posturing wordplay. The set opens with “Selftitled” which appropriately details why one should follow Matthew 6 and seek the kingdom first.
“Let Go” is a relaxing, warm midtempo number with a thumpy bassline. The San Diego, CA natives continue in a neo-soul vein and take advantage of local talent by inviting Tonéx (and his alter ego T. Bizzy) to contribute to the funky, disjointed “Dance.”
The star player on this set is the celebratory “Liberty City.” Brassy rap verses are sandwiched between a homespun horn section worth throwing your fist in the air, and a gritty funk bassline that could light up a sidewalk. It’s an undeniable feel good track.
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“Liberty City” by Seek First The Kingdom: