As much as glory necessitates gratitude, praise, and respect, it also demands enough faith to let go of control and give in to the greater plan for your life. Throughout a tireless decade-plus grind, KB has done his part and certainly put in the work. Still, it only prepared him to lean on his faith harder than ever and, ultimately, deliver his boldest artistic statement to date. Among many milestones, his anthem “100” garnered “Rap/Hip-Hop Song of the Year” at the Dove Awards in 2014, while he scored four back-to-back #1 debuts on the Billboard Top Christian Albums Chart. Reacting…
As much as glory necessitates gratitude, praise, and respect, it also demands enough faith to let go of control and give in to the greater plan for your life. Throughout a tireless decade-plus grind, KB has done his part and certainly put in the work. Still, it only prepared him to lean on his faith harder than ever and, ultimately, deliver his boldest artistic statement to date. Among many milestones, his anthem “100” garnered “Rap/Hip-Hop Song of the Year” at the Dove Awards in 2014, while he scored four back-to-back #1 debuts on the Billboard Top Christian Albums Chart. Reacting with audiences worldwide, he has notably generated hundreds of millions of streams buoyed by standouts such as “Hold Me Back,” “No Chains,” and “Church Clap” [feat. Lecrae]. 2020 saw him elevate to another stratosphere altogether with His Glory Alone. It cracked the Top 5 of the Top Christian Albums Chart and Top 3 of the Contemporary Christian Albums Chart. Not to mention, “10K” amassed over 18 million Spotify streams and counting.
However, he’s ready for another level of glory with his 2023 full-length album, His Glory Alone II [Sony’s RCA/Provident Entertainment].
“I see glory like a diamond,” he says. “Depending on the angle you look at it from, you can appreciate it for a different aspect of its brilliance. The experience changes every time. I’m perceiving the concept of glory from other angles—and it always feels bigger and brighter. Hopefully, I’m bringing you closer to the diamond.”
He’s certainly uncovered a sound that’s just as rare….
KB carefully assembled what would become His Glory Alone II during 2022. This time around, he mined the deepest corners of his heart and the roughest moments of his journey for fodder. He faced childhood trauma, abandonment, confusion, and doubt head-on with tightly woven rhymes and an embrace of not only hip-hop, but also Afrobeats, soul, and gospel with a nod to formative influence Fred Hammond. He threaded all of these elements together with unapologetic honesty.
“Musically, I’m finding my sound a little bit more,” he notes. “This is the best I’ve been able to communicate what I’m feeling both creatively and artistically. I’m telling stories of loss and pain and letting the audience into a therapy session with me. I’ve never made a record this transparent about how broken I am, but I’m glad I did.”
He introduces the album with the single “Glory To Glory.” A choir sample booms in the background as glitchy 808s set the tempo. Against this backdrop, KB kicks into high gear with a head-spinning and hypnotic flow.
“It’s like I’m taking you from one level of glory to a greater level,” he adds. “For me, that’s Glory To Glory. God is infinite. There is always more of Him, which is another big running theme.”
Then, there’s the raw emotionally charged catharsis of “Daddy.” Over soft piano, he stares down generational trauma as his intonation slightly cracks a whisper. Practically clenching back tears, he admits, “The scars that you left behind in me, left me so messed up I don’t know to be free,” before reaching moment of forgiveness in the final crescendo.
“No matter what I was trying to accomplish in this world, I found myself longing for approval,” he confesses. “When I measured my own spiritual state, there was a hole. I was living with this ‘Daddy’ wound. I had this obsessive drive to keep going, producing, working, and serving. It was deeper than pouring it all out for the Kingdom though; I was trying to heal the wound of a father who left me. I felt like I wasn’t good enough for him to stay. Once we peeled back the layers, it was evident I needed to hear the reassurance of my Father in heaven. I’m in the process of seeing myself as a son worthy of love, but I’m working on it.”
On the other end of the spectrum, he links up with Niko Eme and Cardec Drums for the upbeat and undeniable “Danza.” Afrobeats-style keys and a frenetic beat underline rapid-fire verses as the momentum climaxes with a chantable chorus practically tailormade for the World Cup.
“I put my offering in there, and the song is essentially a prayer,” he says. “Afro music is very repeatable, which is great for a prayer. There was a lot of space to talk to God.”
He reunites with Lecrae on “Miracles.” The bass thumps through slick claps as melodic wordplay collides with the catchy chorus, “I can barely count out all these miracles.”
“Even though God might not be active where you want him to be, it doesn’t mean he’s inactive,” KB states. “Sit back and think about all of the ways God has shown himself as the healer and protector in your life. When I was born, my mouth wasn’t developing. I was supposed to have a severe speech impediment for the rest of my life. My mom said, ‘No, God’s going to do something’. She prayed regularly, and He did. Now, I talk for a living,” he smiles. “Let’s recount those moments of divine intervention when we’re losing a grip on faith.”
The journey culminates on “Remember Me.” Through the haze of thick trap-inspired production, he serves up a series of thought-provoking, powerful, and poetic bars. “It’s a song about legacy,” he adds. “If I never rapped again, this is what I want you all to know about me. I might walk away from music, but I’ll never walk away from God or my family.”
In the end, KB isn’t all that different from the rest of us. He’s just got a microphone.
“I never talked about my life like this on a record,” he leaves off. “When you listen to it, I hope you hear and understand the passion of a broken, but committed man. Maybe you can see yourself in this man. That’s who I am. I’m a son whose wounds are being healed as a father. I’m a husband who is serious about leading in my household. I’m an institution builder who cares about helping people and, hopefully, looks fly while doing it,” he laughs. “That’s KB right now.”