“Kodak Ken” is a song by “Adrian Dshon Longmire Bogan” that brings about a unique meeting of genres in a way that seems all at once nostalgic and previously unheard. Kodak Ken could be described as something of a hip hop soundscape, though there’s a heavy musical energy to the riffs and the sheer velocity of the rhythm on occasion. Furthermore, that leading voice is one that comes soaked in the gravelly authenticity not dissimilar to the likes of Pearl Jam or Goo Goo Dolls. All in all, there’s something fresh about the sound, and that’s a valuable trait. Adrian Dshon Longmire Bogan professionally known as Kodak Ken is an American Recording artist, Model, and Businessman of Hatian and Native American Decent. His musical career started at 6 when he would perform in piano recitals. He began modeling and acting at the age of 13 and wrote his first rap at the age of 15 as well.
The music presents a highly intense return to the synth-wave sound that once rocked the cinematic world. The track is huge, the thickness of the sound is heavy and yet the soundscape is complex and intricate at the same time. Structurally it takes on the role of a movie – the build up, the fall away, the quiet moments, the chase as well. At two and twenty minutes long the piece takes over your consciousness entirely as you listen, and it’s well worth listening at full volume to get the complete effect.
“Kodak Ken”comes through as a deeply thoughtful and genuine artist. The accompanying video furthers this feeling significantly, but even just listening to his words and his voice – you get a sense that this is all very real for him, that it means something. This deeply personal lyricism can often detach a track from its audience, but in this case the words intrigue and welcome you all at once. At the same time as being an effective bit of escapism for you, as a listener, the song feels as if it’s also a necessary bit of therapy or escapism for the artist – as if it helps to reach out and express in this way, to connect with an audience through music.
The unique nature of the music is fascinating, and This track is explosive and intense to listen to, the intrigue of it is in the unfolding story-line or journey upon which the soundscape takes you, but the beauty of it comes through thanks to a sublime and professional mix that highlights the inner strength of the chord progression and the fire that is this collective mass of both distorted and dreamlike synths.