I first heard of Kim via Twitter. She was all over my TL chilling with people like Third Eye and BFB who I consider as family. Then, I read her article in one of our local print publications. Later, I watched her video “Don’t Mess With My Money”.
To be honest, had it been I had just heard the song I wouldn’t have thought she is Malawi’s own daughter. Funny enough, when I saw the video I still didn’t believe she was.
There’s this scene where they show bank notes, I tried to look closely but couldn’t trace which country’s note it was. At the end, I was then convinced she’s our own after seeing that Sukez directed the video.
Anyway, the issue is not about “Don’t Mess With My Money”. We are here to discuss her new hit “Cool Like That”.
After her last single “Don’t Mess With My Money”, I expected a lot from her and she delivered.
From the onset, the concept and lyrics prove she is not an average Malawian singer. Usually, when you hear of local female artists you expect the same concepts of love and swag. On beat selection, you expect to hear a trending sound ranging from traditional, pasada to trap beats.
But, Kim is just too cool to blend in; she’s standing out from the rest. In the song, she’s celebrating Malawi and her people around the world.
To prove her uniqueness, Kim raps and sings in English and Jamaica’s Patwa. This is probably the weak part in the song as she didn’t add some vernacular flavour. Whether it was deliberate or not, artists must always remember that Malawi has high illiteracy rate in the world.
Coming to the beat, it is simply a classic that would stand the taste of time. BFB did a good job on the keys, strings and old school Hip Hop drum line.
“Cool Like That” is a feel good R&B song that also sends a message that having fun is not all about getting turned up.
This is the kind of music one plays whilst driving to the lake in summer sipping on a soft drink.