“Same pack, same crew – yo’ boy stay true.”
This line from Richmond’s own IamSu! is more than true and can be proven by the work put into his newest mixtape KILT. Though the 22 year-old rapper was featured on one of the country’s highest charted rap singles, appeared on BET’s 106 & Park, and received nationwide attention, he’s decided to make this project as “close to home” as possible. To do that, IamSu! looked to his close-knit circle for everything from production to recording.
After recording in different studios, IamSu! made the decision to record KILT at a friend’s house. His reasoning? He just wanted to record where he felt “most comfortable.” A majority of KILT’s production is credited to The Invasion, a crew of producers that IamSu! is also a member of. Other producers on the tape include the Bay’s own Trackademicks, Starting Six, and Jay Ant.
KILT doesn’t just define IamSu! as a rapper, but as a person. A person who cares about friends, family, and remembering where he comes from. “Made It,” a song dedicated to Su’s mother and grandmother, tells the story of the journey from the bottom to the top for the Richmond rapper and his crew. Su discusses labels who came for him, friends who were there from the beginning, and more. He sums it all up by saying, “look, mama, I made it / look, granny, I made it.”
Compared to previous tapes such as Su the Right Thing, & The Miseducation of Su, KILT stands as IamSu!’s “break out” tape. It shows talent, and potential. As expected, there are the function songs like “Mainey” and “Get It In,” but the majority of the tape displays Su’s lyrical diversity and general loyalty; especially “Wake Up 2 Milli,” where Su explains, “I’m down for my homies, yeah I’m down for my dawgs / I swear to God that I’m here, so don’t hesitate to call.”
KILT has already received more attention than Su’s earlier work, but based on his potential, greater things are sure to come.