Artist: TK Blockstar
Album: Malicious Heart
Release Date: May 28th, 2019
Location: Born in Detroit, Michigan, raised in Fairmont, West Virginia
TK Blockstar bounced between foster care and the streets as she grew up. The artist spent ten
years in the foster care system and most of her teenage years homeless. As a youth, Blockstar
reveled in creative writing, poetry, and short stories. Around 15-16 years old, she started
performing freestyles and attempted to create songs. After taking her poetry and stories and
applying an instrumental to them, she began her journey into becoming a lyricist. After a federal
drug charge and serving five years, Blockstar readjusted the direction of her life. On May 28th,
2019, TK Blockstar released her second album, Malicious Heart, within the same year.
The album was a breeze to listen to, not overstaying its welcome with ten tracks, lasting half an
hour. The first taste of Blockstar’s lyrical prowess occurs with the first track, Came a Long Way.
In the track, she details the ups and downs of her life, the friends she has lost, and how she
persevered regardless. The first song is a strong opener and serves as a decent appetizer for the
following songs. Sprinkled throughout Malicious Heart are a handful of guest features that stand
out. Accompanying Blockstar on Came a Long Way is Adrian Michael, who croons on the hook
eloquently, along with the following tracks New Tings and Go Right Now.
Other artists J Word and Og987 SG join Blockstar on When It Rains, where they flex their
rapping skills and lean braggadocious. The other artists hold their own, but Blockstar remains the
standout, rightfully. Yet another compelling aspect of the project is the production. The instrumentals with which
Blockstar raps are a fascinating mixture of trap and music that harkens back to decades before.
As the album closes out with the final track, Thank God, Blockstar ends on a positive note while
appreciating the blessings in her life. The album was a quick, breezy record with no filler; and
warrants a listen to those looking to expand their tastes with underground hip hop.
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