RSXGLD (pronounced “rosegold”) is the epitome of what every music fan craves when they learn that two of their favorite artists are working together. In addition to capturing what made its creators so dope on previous projects, this album is brimming with tracks that find the duo of producer 14KT and rapper Ro Spit pushing themselves artistically. The result is an organic, personal, and gripping listen from two of Detroit’s finest.
There’s so much to unpack in RSXGLD’s tightly constructed 12 tracks that repeated spins aren’t just a must; they’re basically automatic. Of course, you probably knew that already if you peeped the lead single, “I Believe,” a deep and potent cut featuring the talents of JMSN. And if not, simply hit play on opening track “42175” and allow its raw vulnerability to pull you in. From KT’s sonically rich instrumental to Ro’s soul-baring bars, the track kicks off the album perfectly—and it only continues to build on its strengths.
From slappers like “Err’body Know That” to conceptual joints like “Over Your Shoulder (Angel & Devil)” featuring Elzhi, and the Denaun Porter featured, “Give It All,” the success of RSXGLD lies in the fact that KT and Ro are such natural collaborators. It doesn’t hurt that they’re bringing their A-games on here, but it wouldn’t sound this good if both parties weren’t fully committed. Their desire to take the album to another level was clear from the jump, because each explained that it represents firsts for them. As mentioned, Ro is more vulnerable lyrically than ever before on here, while KT is pushing himself to create outside of his comfort zone.
This is all evident on “True,” which is also an incredible display of the album’s depth. On first listen, it’s a pure rapping showcase from Ro Spit and Detroit heavy-hitter Royce Da 5’9”, because they’re spitting like they’re possessed by KT’s layered production. But then you hear it again and begin to understand the personal tales unfolding in their rhymes—and that’s all before KT takes “True” to church in the latter half.
RSXGLD is what happens when two artists willingly push themselves to their creative limits, all while recording the best music of their careers. The 12 track LP is now available on CD, vinyl and digital download via Fat Beats Records.
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