This slow Trap/R-n-B fusion by Khaligraph is quite a surprise from the hard-hitting MC who has laced all kinds of songs with his seamless flow of rhymes and lyrics. It’s surprising because of just how much slower it is than his typical releases, and its overtly raunchy subject matter. And not just that, but many of his fans compared it to American rapper Drake’s sound.
To ascertain if their allegations were legitimate, I did the following little experiment: I headed over to a deejay friend of mine and asked him to load ‘Naked’ and any of Drake’s songs onto the digital decks of his virtual deejay music mixing software.
For Drake, the deejay picked a funky collaboration with Kendrick Lamar titled ‘Poetic Justice’ and we began comparing the two. Well, it turns out the fans were spot on. It is, indeed, true that Khaligraph sounds exactly like Drake when he sings the ‘Naked’ chorus, what with his gruff voice slightly auto-tuned to match Drake’s vocal texture?
Secondly, Naked’s mastered output matched Poetic Justice decibel for decibel, which simply means that it would sound as dense, loud and groovy as Drake’s hit single when played on any sound system in the world.
While the song misses all vital points on originality and lacks anything to identify it as coming from Kenya, Naked is a piece of musical art that’s as sleek as R-n-B can be. Producer Motif applied the right formula for R&B instrumentation by keeping it light and unsaturated, while occasionally filtering the beat with effects for a sentimental groove. The lacy lyrical content, however, may prove to be Naked’s glass ceiling in a still-conservative Kenya.