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With the literal translation of his name serving as the title of his debut, Inglewood, California artist Damani Nkosi is poised to assume this very role with his long-awaited album Thoughtful King.
Featuring a supporting cast such as Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton, Grammy nominated R&B vocalist Musiq, Grammy winning producer Warryn Campbell, and Grammy winning jazz pianist Robert Glasper, Thoughtful King raises the lyrical standard while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of contemporary hip-hop’s sonic palate.
Executive produced by Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary, Luther Vandross, Brandy) the album takes listeners on a journey through the soul of a man on a mission to make his mark on hip-hop by speaking truth to power. From the opening track “The Origin,” featuring his own father explaining the literal translation of his name it is clear that Thoughtful King is a work of distinction.
Assisted by Musiq and Robert Glasper, the album’s first single Now That’s Love is a head nodding ode to how an intangible emotion has such a dynamic effect on life. The album in an expansive jazzy affair with an undeniable hip hop edge.