Not even a full two months removed from his new wave inspired debut album, Just Like The Movies, KAMI drops off, SUPERSTAR EP, a noisy and experimental four-track project hosted by DJ-EWAY. The EP is the product of one day in the studio and a lot of untapped buzzing bravado. For the uninitiated, KAMI is a Chicago rapper, singer, film-director, whose last record split the difference between 80s joints and the upsides of noise-rap. Just Like The Movies was divided into neon flickering ballads on the front half and more traditional rap cuts on the back.
SUPERSTAR fits snuggly into the back half of KAMI’s last LP, marked by his passionate delivery and ear for off-kilter beats. KAMI inflects his tender vocals to add an element of fun to the braggadocio of SUPERSTAR. Camera flashes act as flourishes on “SUPERSTAR INTRO,” while we get a cheeky video game sample —Mario stacking his coins up— on “PAYLOAD.” KAMI is getting his money right, smiling the whole time, and projecting an energy so attractive, you can't help but feel like you're counting bands right beside him. Where Just Like The Movies was a coming-of-age film, this EP is a quick and dirty action flick.
The project is rowdy and unabashed. On “2 TD” KAMI comes for the soft ‘pink dread’ rappers. “EVERYTHING GONE” closes out the EP, where KAMI puts the come up behind him and asserts that he’s more than a mainstay in his city. He’s out here to ‘take over the summer,’ showing off his tenacity as an artist. If you were missing the aggressive snarl of 2012 KAMI, this is the EP for you.