While much of the drill Uptown and in the Bronx gets harder and more bruising, Kenzo B has differentiated herself by occasionally throwing a soft, breezy bent on the style. On her 2022 mixtape, Top Dawg, songs like “Make It Lit” and “Hood Love Story” were highlights because of the way the drums flickered instead of blared and the sweet vocal samples clashed with her no-nonsense shit talk. Similarly, on Kenzo’s “Hazard Lights” performance, she moonwalks on a beat with a faded, sped up sample that sounds like something R&B Drake would have had a meltdown over years ago: Meanwhile, juice is injected by the skittering percussion. It’s forceful yet extremely unbothered rapping, like she was getting these bars off as she did her nightly skincare routine.
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