Kay P [@babyyshiva] Does Not Meet OMA [@onewhomayascend] in the Middle with Lukewarm Single, "For Better or Worse"
KAY P + OMA // “FOR BETTER OR WORSE”
PRODUCED BY: ONE WHO MAY ASCEND
OVERALL RATING : 35%
My humble beginnings as a writer for my old blog, The Red Mask Review, saw me anonymously reviewing a bunch of artists, both good and really, really fucking bad. Some of the high points were reviewing artists like Seji-Bot (he was going by Sage, The 64th Wonder back then) and Donny Clips and those experiences led me to developing genuinely beneficial relationships with some underground artists and in the case of Seji-Bot, actually laid the groundwork to me getting this gig. I stand by my work from that time despite the fact that I believe my voice as a writer was a tad immature and unrefined and I can find no better example of a piece that I wouldn’t change a thing about than my review of LA rapper, Kay P a.k.a. Baby Shiva. For those of you who don’t want to pour over this review that includes such hits as “Nothing this guy says hasn't been said better a thousand times before. It truly sounds like this is just some guy who had never rapped before, decided to buy some beats, and write some shit about fucking women and getting money that rhymed” and “I find myself so disengaged with these tracks that every now and then, I realize that while listening to this project that I've just zoned out and have landed back on some line about someone sucking this dude's dick or him proclaiming to have hit a lick (this literally happened three or four times)”, suffice to say that his LP, ‘M.O.M.M.’, was trite, lazy, and tough to listen to. After I posted that, the artist reached out to me to let me know that the album was just a very poorly executed attempt at satire and that he actually had a lot more to bring to the table than what I saw. I haven’t seen much from Kay P since then, but now, damn near two years later, I was excited to see a new track from Baby Shiva and was ready to see what he’s got. However, after having listened through his new collaborative effort with One who May Ascend, I can confidently say that it’s only gotten so much worse.
Over an overly-simplistic instrumental consisting of a cookie cutter trap beat and a looping single-note melody, Kay P spits the exact same trashy, played out rhymes (when they do actually rhyme) that I recognized him for in 2017 featuring such banal, nonsensical lines as “I’mma stretch out her pelvis” and a half-assed attempt at rhyming “hoe” with “tell ‘em”. I genuinely feel bad for OMA for having payed for this feature because Kay P phoned this one in hard. OMA can actually spit and does so in such a way to redeem this track slightly, but simultaneously brings it down another notch with the terrible, shaky hook that’s just rehashing of the tired, stupid phrase “if you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best”. Overall, bad track. Y’all can go ahead and skip this one on your rotations this week, but if you think I’m being too harsh, you can check it out below.