Kiko Bangz: The Poor Man's Drake?

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Kurt Cobain is a legend. The late Nirvana lead singer has been payed homage to many times by the hip-hop world: Lupe, J. Cole, and many others have mentioned him in their lyrics, and a young D.C. artist, Black Cobain, went so far as to put Kurt’s last name in his stage name. However, nobody’s homage has been as creative, or as cool, as what a Houston-based light-skinned artist did: made his stage name, Kirko Bangz, a near homophone of Cobain’s name.

Now, if not for this clever name, I probably would’ve never given this man’s music a listen. But, I felt his name earned it, so I turned on one of his songs one day. The song, “Drank In My Cup”, almost immediately reminded me of Drake. Specifically, of Drake’s song “Marvin’s Room”. Both of the songs find the artist singing some and rapping some, while telling sober thoughts through drunken minds. Although the points of the songs were different- Drake wanted a girl he had already had a relationship with back, while Bangz wanted her to know that he just wanted a one-night stand, not a relationship- they were still reminiscent of each other.

Being a Drake fan, this piqued my interest.

The more I listened to Kirko Bangz, the more he reminded me of Drake. In fact, his latest mixtape, “Natural Progression”, opens with a Drake remix, and the mixtape includes 3 Drake remixes. And it’s not just the fact that Kirko has remixes to Drake’s songs, it’s that his remixes actually sounded like the originals. Kirko, just like Drizzy, pours his heart out in his tracks, many times on the topic of girls.

Neither artist sticks to the status quo when rapping about their girls: most rappers just talk about all the bads whoadies they bag, then leave. But these two prefer to speak on more delicate, and probably more true, topics: the twists and turns of a relationship, getting left, but also accepting that they have made mistakes when it comes to women. Heck, Kirko even tells us about all the ugly girls he’s screwed. The melancholy of fame is also a topic which Drake frequents. Kirko Bangz also talks about how the fame has changed him and the culture shock of being famous.

Plus, Kirko repping Houston reminds us of Drizzy’s made up fantasy town…

He’s not quite on Drake’s level, though; he still has a long way to develop. Also, the fact that Drake gets Kendrick Lamar for features while Kirko gets Paul Wall in 2012 for features kinda gives Drizzy an upper hand.

Kirko Bangz is also his own artist, though. He sports a unique flow which matches his unique voice. Kirko knows what to do with beats, and I’m glad his unique name enticed me to give him a listen.

RapGenius Moderator Screv6