Kensei Funqui holds his own entirely when it comes to his music career. His tracks are written, produced, mixed and mastered by himself, while his graphic design background has him covered when it comes to cover art. With his most recent track “From The Intro” he’s flexed his visual skills to direct and edit the accompanying music video too.
This time around the Durban-born, Jozi-hailing rapper taps into the signature West Coast bounce favoured by the likes of YG and E-40: heavy hitting beats meet melodious raps and rhymes – smooth and vaguely explicit.
Kensei channels a sort of boyish rebellion – the sort characterised by playful zap signs and the sly puff on a joint. He’s soft and cushy, behind the grit of his chosen genre. The video paints him as such – he raps straight into the camera, from the concrete walls of a club, to sunsoaked vantage points. Subdued colours and an instagram-filter-esque vintage feel rule the otherwise clean-cut imagery.
It’s a sprawling, bass-heavy slant on a genre which has taken an otherwise cruising trajectory. Simultaneously hard-hitting and light-footed, and replete with eagerly spat truths.