Bktherula – “LVL5” review

This is the 2nd EP from Atlanta up-&-comer Bktherula. Coming up 6 years back as a pop/R&B singer, she eventually broke out a few summers back in the plugg scene after dropping the single “Tweakin’ Together” produced by my lil homie Mars off her debut mixtape Love Santana. This resulted in her signing to Warner Records, following it up with her her sophomore tape Nirvana & the full-length debut Love Black. But after some delays, Bk’s back in effect for LVL5 here.

“TAN” is an explosive trap opener with Bk bragging about running the rap game whereas “DO IT AGAIN” works in some synths & hi-hats calling out someone she doesn’t even know for speaking on her character. “BACK” has to be my favorite joint on the album as things take a cloudier approach thanks to Evilgiane so she can fuck your hoe & rub it in your face just before “BELIEVE” comes through with an impressive R&B/trap ballad reminding listeners of her roots & her range.

Moving onto “CRAZY GIRL”, we have Bk over some more synthesizers & hi-hats to describe a bitch that don’t even know she’s the insane one prior to “NO ADLIB” is a shrilling yet rubbery trap cut about keeping a bad bitch & a stack on her along with having 1 in the head similar to Russian roulette. “Forever, Pt. 2 (Jezebel)” is another favorite from the light & melodic instrumental to the Destroy Lonely feature while the bombastic “PSSYONFT” talks about being the hardest bitch past 2022.

The penultimate track “?????” comes through with a more futuristic vibe whilst keeping some heavy bass in the fold as Bk boasts on the lyrical end until “We Made It” sends things off with Rico Nasty joining her for a celebratory yet pillowy closer to the album as they go back & forth with one another excellently proving why we need a collaborative project from them at some point down the line airing out those who hate on them yet wish they were in their shoes.

Been waiting on some new Bk for a while now & although LVL5 feels like an EP considering how short as Hell it is, it’s still an impressive body of work from her. The couplet of features both knock it out of the park as opposed the sole guest performance on the last album being mediocre & I really commend her for the album relatable theme of tapping in with your spiritual side & the small group under the angels that fight against your demons.

Score: 3.5/5

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Bktherula – “Love Black” review

Bktherula is a 19 year old recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia who first started making music in 2017 as a pop/R&B singer. She eventually broke out a couple summers back in the plugg scene after dropping the single “Tweakin’ Together produced by my lil homie Mars, which later appeared on her debut mixtape Love Santana at the beginning of last year. This resulted in her signing to Warner Records & with the 1-year anniversary of her sophomore tape Nirvana approaching this weekend, BK is celebrating in the form of her very 1st full-length album.

“LET’S GET IT” is a moody opener celebrating her newfound success whereas “INCREDIBLE” despite it’s brevity finds her flexing with so much aggression in her delivery & a shrilling Digital Nas beat. “SANTANNY!” serves as an ignorant anthem for her alter ego, but then “THROUGH 2 U” is a blatant Whole Lotta Red rip-off talking about being fed up with a lil bitch that belong to the streets.

Meanwhile on “PLACEMENT”, we have Matt Ox tagging along for whatever reason to bombastically clap back at their critics just before “HIT ME” brings in a Supah Mario instrumental kin to a retro video game telling those who want the sauce not to bug her. “GOD’S PLAN” lively talks about how “n****s ain’t cool at all, but then “ADVANCED” brings in a cacophonous beat to declare her skills as such.

“HIDE YOUR HOE” keeps the vibrance going saying it’s on when she steps in while “WATCH ME” is a euphorically produced look at her glow up. “YE HO” almost has a bit of a Neptunes influence to the instrumental saying she “ain’t finished this” whereas “CROWN” speaks on her taking over the rap game & the bass is just off the wall.

Following this, “ARE WE DONE?” feels like a 2-minute Eternal Take bite while the song “SHE CHOSE ME” briefly yet vibrantly details a woman selecting “everything that give her ass a stack”. The penultimate track “NAH” has a bit of a quirky sound with the help of Evilgiane talking about how “I ain’t your bitch” & the closer “IDK WHAT TO TELL YOU” has a psychedelic Mac DeMarco beat of all fucking people speaking on someone she felt she tried to make bigger.

BK to me is one of the most interesting artists in the plugg scene right now & Love Black really does a solid job at solidifying that. She has a unique voice, she has a catchy delivery & I feel like she’s started to refine her production choices a lil bit.

Score: 3.5/5