Being realistic and honest, K.L.U.B. Monsta’s CANVAS may not make anyone’s year-end list. Hell, a year from now, no one may even remember the tape at all. But those who listen will remember and probably call it one of the biggest stepping stones of KM’s career.
Out of Alabama rap trio of J-Dotta, Joshua, and Kel-Ricks, I’ve known Joshua for a good minute before I ever realized he was a performer. Usually, I’d see him and either one of the other group members at shows and festivals as faces in the crowd. But not the throw-your-hands-in-the-air type. Nah, they were also focused and studying the sights and sounds around them. And in the year and change since their last project, Separate But Sequel, they’ve gone through a growth spurt that can be heard on CANVAS. Their time spent studying shows in the early singles “Chauvinist Clap” and “Sail On.”
Knowing these guys is why I say that the next project after this we’ll be talking about how CANVAS set them up nicely for the next move. Knowing that success doesn’t come without effort spent being good students doesn’t faze these guys one bit. And their strength shows through in their music.