Smooth composition and a deep, contemplative writing style set the tone for this new song from Atlanta’s C17, which is a quiet contemplation in the making.
C17 is a 24-year-old multi-talented emerging rapper from Atlanta, Georgia, with four years of rapping expertise. Known in the business for his glittering Hip Hop/R&B tracks, he has collaborated with artists such as Sonny Digital, Shad da God, and others.
C17 conveys a story with excellent clarity, despite its raw and unprocessed, with no autotune insight. His vocal is relaxed, swaggering, carefree, near to the microphone, and in our faces. And his diversity in portamento and styling is supplemented with a voice that has been built up to an uncommon level of lovely crispness.
Incredibly fascinating, Liu Kang scoots by in about two minutes, leaving you wondering if you blinked and missed it. The mix itself is massive, with vast slabs of sound compressed such that everything appears bigger than everything else, and there’s a beautiful sense of whirling excess to the whole thing, lending an almost psychedelic flavor to the listening experience.
While the song’s reality is undoubtedly refreshing in the context of contemporary R&B, its hook is immediately memorable and highly addictive, and the song has a turn that is instantly recognizable and quite addicting.
Regardless of how faint something appears the first time you visit the track, everything you notice the second time around shows out clearly. With an anthem-like vibe, Liu Kang is soothing yet intended to hit with subtle impact, which it does, and it introduces C17 in the most appropriate manner.