Kesington Kross is the first act that LA Reid and Babyface have collaborated and worked on a very long time, as they signed him him to Laface (their label since the early 90’s, responsible for many of your now favorite and classic artists). He’s from Los Angeles, and it’s good to see someone who seems musical (he’s a songwriter and that’s how he was discovered) and also a bit theatrical getting some shine and diversifying the face of R&B.
Kesington Kross (Or KES) really makes me think back to such artists as Cameo, Prince and Morris Day & The Time with his sound, look and vibe. Of course, with an updated 2014 vibe. The video itself really isn’t anything you’d have to be like “OMG this is amazing” and share, but I do enjoy this song and it stays on repeat. It’s a mix of 80’s sounds & funk, with a 2014 veneer, and I’m here for it. I slightly wonder if people would say he’s “copying” a Purple One that we all know, but I think there is wiggle room in that comparison.
I’m looking forward to more music from Kesington Kross. Him and Adrian Marcel are kind of my male R&B go-to’s right now. What do you think of this joint? Check out his EP as well, and you can definitely hear shades of the 80’s in his vibe. It’s different but it’s pretty interesting and I think his niche is welcome on the scene.