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A mid life crisis doesn’t occur in your twenties, not while you’re moving from pace to pace attempting to find success. Triumphs and losses ebb and flow out of life the same way you consistently tell yourself, “I need something new”. Does the statement, “I’m still attempting to find myself” work in relationships? No, its usual a tell tale sign you’re about to break up with someone and merely excuse your way out. Does it work with music? Yes and then some, because you’re realizing your craft is on the precipice of success and merely tinkering with things that have so far proved correct only means you’re finding yourself at your best.

KG has documented his Still Growing phase through various webisodes, performances and songs. The way he places his adopted home of San Antonio on his back shows that he isn’t one to merely forget where he came from while assimilating another. He’s Houston born and bred yes, but by creating a name elsewhere, the wagon will circle back around for him. SG captures KG right at the moment his voice has been discovered, a feat few are able to attain this early in their careers along with multiple moments where everything seemingly comes together at the right time.

His first mixalbum foray pieces together multiple sounds, most of which contain heavy drums and synths. It’s not a full blown club album with lyrics thrown on top to appease purists but cuts like the smokey and reggae tinged “She Be Popping Pills” featuring Rachel B & Aye Jay and “Time Of Our Life” show that KG can insist on mixing both to well timed results.

If you’ve ever heard any of his previous releases or even the K.A.R.M.A. mixtape with Aye Jay then you would know KG’s flow literally is bouncy. It collides with the production at every turn, always in pocket and never awkward when he decides to switch it up into a prose form. “Boy Meets World” features erratic piano keys with claps and “aye” chants backing up KG’s declaration of still loving the radio even though they refuse to play him amongst other quips of a man willing to try and see everything for what it is.

Lead single “Crusin'” featuring crooner LeeLonn contains possibly the most sugary sweet chorus on the album and that’s only because LeeLonn’s willing to sing the pants off a woman at any given notice. The duo play off one another in the LL Cool J/Boyz II Men model from “Hey Love” and the ensuring track “Venting” lives off the sample of Minnie Ripperton‘s “Inside Of You” which is kind of odd if you place it right behind “Crushin”, almost as if he jumped from having happy feelings in the vein of Earth, Wind & Fire and the next feels like shedding so many tears ala Tupac.

With a mind in so many different places, KG’s Still Growing feels like the sort of album you made in your twenties as you were conjuring up every waking memory and emotion you went through. It’s not schizophrenic by any means but essentially captures various moments of triumph, paranoia, wonder and amazement. Although the “I need to find myself” method still won’t work on your girl even after you’ve listened to the album, at least you’ve come to a point where you can plausibly tell her that in order for us to work, I need to be in state of growth & improvement.

FINAL SCORE: 8.0