illgod & Timi Kei collaborate for New Song ‘Respiration’ off their “Soul Soup” Album.
iLLgod and Timi Kei meet in the middle to create an empowering collaborative album, entitled Soul Soup. These Port Harcourt based producer and rapper collide and leave Timi Kei playing lead role over a mix of hip-hop beats melded with voice samples, trumpets, congas and electric organs, among other instruments.
On the single Respiration, Illgod’s sharply made instrumental and Timi Kei’s distinct verses spar with each other like two training partners—floating around the ring, filling the space of each other’s weaknesses with swift jabs. What comes naturally to Timi Kei is skillful storytelling, Southern lyricism at its finest, music with a message, and conviction that only comes when you really mean what you’re saying. It’s not the first time the two have worked together and their synergy has given birth to some of the best songs hiphop would add to its catalog from Africa.
Respiration is a welcome arrival for gospel music lovers and hip-hop fans alike, with its rhythms, savvy sampling, and poignant rhymes that constantly remind us of Timi Kei’s immense talent as an M.C. This is a solid, serious output—the product of two thoughtful and ambitious avant-garde rapper/producer—and a song that doesn’t need a panel discussion to establish its importance.