TheSekondElement, The Kommencement (Independent)

TheSekondElement, The Kommencement (Independent)On her debut, The Kommencement, Bay Area-bred/New Orleans resident TheSekondElement serves up a lesson in lyricism—an intelligent, introspective collection of message tracks and spoken-word pieces that at its best calls to mind the eclectic acrobatics of Q-Tip and cocksure charisma of MC Lyte. Also known as KAMMs TheACE, this recent college grad proves an apt pupil, sharp enough to call a spade a spade and stylish enough to stand out amongst the crowd.

A true student of the game, TheSekondElement isn’t afraid to kick it old school, packing plenty of bite, substance and integrity in her raps. She takes a look into herself, takes down haters and speaks on the current state of hip-hop. “Since I can remember, I been tough as shark skin / Not letting anybody see the pain I held within,” she swiftly spits over a spiced-up soul groove in “About to Begin (My Story) Pt I.” On “Girls Clockin’,” Barbie B-girls beware: “They say sex sells, but this ain’t a fashion ad / This is true hip-hop, and girlie, you are just a fad.” Not one to shy away from controversial subjects, she fumes at the “coonery” purveyed by BET over a Cab Calloway sample in “My Minstrel Show” and ponders the fate of the industry alongside local emcee Lyrikill in “Dead or Alive.”

While there’s no denying TheSekondElement’s artistic aptitude or the potency behind The Kommencement’s content, almost every time the bells start to rock, a spoken-word segue silences the soiree. As powerful and proficient as these poems may be, they stifle the album’s momentum. She may have a little left to learn, but the hip-hop underground should take note. TheSekondElement’s got an ace up her sleeve.

  • Yee

    yeeeeee! =D

  • Helipoo

    very good article…Great Job Kameron.

  • @HeataBestMusic

    that whats up! Keep spitting ya soul out.

  • Teff

    I got her album. TheSeKondElement is great, and the album was produced quite well. I like just about every song, and that's hard to say about most albums…

  • http://twitter.com/diaris Diaris (DIE-ARE-ISS)

    KAMMs is one artist I've loved to see evolve and develop her craft. This is a great album, but I still even love some of her first tracks she did in high school with Youth Movement Records and I know there's even more great art to come from her. I'm looking forward to keeping up with @TeamT2E. Congrats on all the efforts thus far!

  • Sherard Briscoe

    Very well written article! Kudos Aaron LaFront for noticing great underground music brewing within our city. I was one of the first to put my hands on The Kommencement and it hasnt moved out of my car since. especially after reading this review, I encourage everyone to get this album! and Check out her website. http://www.TeamT2E.com

  • Chris

    Man, yall know good music. Her music speaks to me a lot, and it's great for those who want to see conscious confidence. I invite others to cop this album its worth it.

  • Bettis

    Dope. This is why I am both a fan and a member of Teame T2E.
    -Bettis

    • Yee

      bettis just had to get some credit smh this guy here …

  • http://thesekondelement.bandcamp.com El

    Great article…to hear more and/or purchase the album visit http://teamT2E.com

  • JG

    The Kommencement takes you on a great music journey from soulful hip hop, to intellectual lyricism…her lyrical content is on point and definitely leaves you thinking…my absolute favorite piece on the album is Graduation…or at least i think thats the title of of it. Anyway check her out!

  • TheSeKondElement

    THANKS 4 THE LOVE Y'ALL! IM BEYOND GRATEFUL. :O) peACE + BLISS. -T2E