Kisum - It's Okay (Feat. Heize)
Kisum is a female rapper currently signed under Mapps Entertainment. She originally gained a lot of attention and popularity from being a competitor on both Unpretty Rapstar and Show Me The Money. Personally, I've loved a lot of her music and continue to keep an eye on her releases with anticipation and expectations. This is my first time getting to do a review for one of her songs, so I was really excited to check it out.
This isn't the first time that Kisum's experimented with the soft sounds of a guitar, though this time around it's smoother and more moderate than in some of her previous tracks. "It's Okay" has a very familiar feel to it, though I haven't been able to place my finger on it. That's not a bad thing by any means, either - I actually find it rather comforting here.
Kisum does a great job of expressing emotions in her tone with the rap, and Heize's additional vocals drifting in the background of verses supplement this in a really serene and elegant way. The duality of their voices is wonderful here, and Heize brings a solid delivery for the chorus. The whole song is done in an understated manner, and it plays up the dynamic of both a person's wistful emotions as well as a person attempting to comfort and relieve that melancholy. It's a delightfully subtle aspect that I adored and appreciated.
I'm assuming that the other woman in the video is doing interpretive dance that was unplanned to at least some degree, but that was great to see. Obviously the big draw to this video is the fact that it was all shot in one take without edits or cuts anywhere, and that was cool to see. Without a doubt it's always impressive to see a single take working out so well in such a fashion.
Similarly to the song, the scenery features a combination of combating elements that singe together for a subtle take on two differing, but converging emotions. There's whole, clean items placed about to contrast with the rundown and worn out room, and more upfront are the people in the room. Each are portraying themselves as somber and sullen, particularly Kisum and the other woman that she attempts to comfort throughout the video. It's simple and easily missed, but there's some meaning to be gleamed still.
Kisum's music isn't the most complicated or the hardest hitting, but it's something that I often find myself enjoying. "It's Okay" follows up on some of her other songs in a respectable way, though it doesn't diverge too far from them to set her on an entirely new path. If you're a fan of more ballady type raps, this might be a good song to check into.