Ray Kincaid – "Artistic Depression" REVIEW

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Written by Amanda Lucas   Ray Kincaid has started working on his fourth project Bizarre Arcade 2. The intro song “Welcome Back” seems to be a gre...

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Written by Amanda Lucas

 

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Ray Kincaid has started working on his fourth project Bizarre Arcade 2. The intro song “Welcome Back” seems to be a great introduction into the continuation of his winding roads of backwards humor, humbleness, and pure honesty. Yet what keeps setting him apart, and what will probably be his road to fame is the experimentation in the heart of his work. When you think about it, what has made others famous before him? I’m sure it was there uniqueness. Ray Kincaid does anything but play it safe. He is a modern day member of The Cool Kids without the bicycle. A sure example of what happens when someone accidently becomes an artist while already possessing the gift of being a true storyteller. And for that I can honestly say, Ray is a breath of fresh air.

In a world that revolves around social media Ray has made it his business to voice not only his own artistic process but also his struggle with depression. His openness has brought a large fan base of followers who are curious about the man behind the social media antics, and the man behind the depression. Twenty-five and a full-time artist Ray is pushing songs out faster than we can listen to them. “Welcome Back” intro song is very smooth. Lyrics flow off his mellow flow like butter. He gives us an intro that let’s us know he knows exactly what he is doing. We are definitely the lucky ones.

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Black King/ sick with the fashion/A little offbeat/ but he sick with the rapping/Put a rapper/ in a casket/And I Go to the funeral laughing/ha ha ha/Young man swaggin/Pull up in the ride with the Jill Scott blasting- Welcome Back “Bizarre Arcade 2”

Ray has three projects under his belt. Bizarre Arcade, Orbital Frame, and Artistic Depression. While Hip-hop has always had a close relationship with depression, few artists have publicly admitted it. Artist like Future and Drake dance around it with lyrics of woe and emotional regret centered on past relationships. Kendrick Lamar songs has giving us great lyrics on self-evaluation and internal negativity.  Scarface openly admitted to a suicide attempt and his struggle with mental anguish. Ray Kincaid admits that his talk of depression sometimes is a catch 22.  While some think he is crazy others find him inspiring. Rather than pretend everything is okay Ray’s openly talks about mistakes, life decisions, and his mental or emotional state. He throws away the typical “turn up” bravado you find in everyday music right now. His studio time similar to that of a dojo seems to provide a solace or retreat for all with sincere energy.

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Suicidal/ Trying to find my salvation in this bottle/We turning up we going full throttle/I got that drink in my cup/I got that weed and my blunt – The Shameful Turn up-Feat Cymone “Artistic Depression”

They asking me how I did it/I can break it down but my pimping is scientific/ Vaginal chemist/Pad and pen is recommended/ now my theory is vivid/so listen and pay attention –Vaginal Vigilante (Feeding the Ego) “Artistic Depression”

When she called a nigga answer/she my weakness/ she my cancer/And I’m addicted to her thickness/I cant kick it/Lord Jesus help me please/More than a want/she’s more like a need/a kind of love that bring a nigga to his knees/And you should of seen my face/When I heard that she got engaged/you talk about a fucking heart break/I felt everything shake inside my rib cage/Well fuck that nigga that’s wit her/I’m sorry I’m just a little bitter –THE ADDICTION (KILLING THE EGO) Feat: Keem

 

While some might find Ray Kincaid approach a little bizarre. I find it highly intriguing and personable. While some mixes sound similar to what you would call a southern Kendrick Lamar he makes up for anything that sounds too commercial with his highly sexualized lyrics and vulgar language. Yet each lyric gives you an approach as if you’re sitting next to him in conversation. I look forward to Bizarre Arcade 2. Ray’s mind is a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Bring the drugs, your car, and the tissues your going to need all three.

If you haven’t checked out “Artistic Depression” please do.

 

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