Common Kings: One Day EP Review

07:03 AM April 06, 2019

The recently Grammy- nominated group, Common Kings, has put out an amazing EP.  Common Kings songs are the latest outrage in the music industry, and we’re about to let you know why.

The new Common Kings Songs are part of the EP called One Day, which features several acclaimed reggae artists, one of them being Stephen Marley. The EP also has Matisyahu, MayDay, and Kat Dahlia. The EP shows the Common Kings and their cheerfulness. It shows them as they play joy-filled reggae beats that contrast artistically with the social commentary side of their lyrics.

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The band members of Common Kings are JR King, who is the vocalist, Uncle Lui, who plays bass, Mata, who plays guitar, and Rome, who plays drums. Common Kings have made an album that has many different elements in it. In this album, the Common Kings songs carry elements of rock, reggae, pop, and hip hop. This is something that you don’t see every day in the music industry, as it is hard to describe the specific genre of this music.

The main single of the Common Kings songs is a track titled, “One Day.” This song is similar to a more poppy sound. It has a lot of catchy lyrics. Some of them are “One day, when I have a lot of money, Imma be the king again, sippin on that Jameson, Party it doesn’t ever end, you gon’ wanna bring your friend.” It has a college or spring break type of feel to it. The Common Kings songs are very uplifting and carry a dreamy vibe.

Common Kings Songs: One Day EP Review

Common Kings feel that this is the perfect vibe to set the mood for their home in Southern California, and it shows their outlook/perspective. The music vibe carries elements of being laid back, enjoying life for what it is, and taking things slow. The relaxing vibe speaks to the culture of Common Kings, and the life they want to live. Instead of getting down and being negative about things, it is important to stay positive and work towards the goals and dreams that you know are worth pursuing.

The Common Kings have released a bunch of singles since Lost in Paradise. This EP, however, will be the first true collection of songs packed into an album for release to the public. This EP is meant to paint a picture of an easy-going life, being carefree, having a good time, and being overall just happy, just happy! Forgetting about the stressors in life and smiling, breathing the nice breeze, having fun with friends, family, and loved ones.  

The Common Kings discuss how this album will touch on many different topics. The American dream, for instance, is referenced. The American dream is on the album, not lyrically per say, but in the beautiful pictures that are painted by the album music. The Common Kings songs allow you to imagine the days where you’re with your friends and family, just being alive. Generally, that is what we all strive for as far as the American dream goes. This EP is truly an album where you put yourself into the song and see the life it tries to present.

The Common Kings paint such great pictures of the streets of Southern California, and what the people there are doing. How each one of them is happy and feeling good about their lives, and what is going on around them as well.  It is just a truly soulful and feel-great album. I was not even a fan, until I sat down and listened to the album. The Common Kings songs left me with an impression that would stick with me for the rest of the week. It turned my day into an amazing and happy time. It was what I really needed, and I appreciated the sentiment greatly.

The Common Kings songs possess both variety and simplicity. “One Day” is one of their more mellow songs off the EP. Another of the Common Kings songs is the number called, “Today’s a New Day,” and it has the rap artist MayDay featured on it. They have a song called “Lock Me Up,” that features an amazing artist, Stephen Marley. He helps confront the struggle between doing what is right and doing what is lawful. The Common Kings and Stephen Marley do a great job of illustrating how we hear about people who get caught up in trouble, but there are people who say that they are doing it for the greater good. Sometimes this will fall on deaf ears. Stephen Marley and the Common Kings have written a very thought-provoking song. This song gives them a chance to share their stories and experiences as life has granted them.

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This song highlights major hot topics right now. Some of the lyrics are about going to jail or prison, the injustices that are in our world today, and also the topic of police. Some of the lyrics are, “Here they come, they coming looking for me // Wish I could sail away // They gonna lock me up and throw away the key // I ain’t gonna see my baby // Here they come, they coming looking for me // They know what I did today.” This is a great song that definitely has powerful lyrics, and it has a dub rhythm with sirens and sounds, plus some reverb. It is by far one of the best songs that they have come out with.

If you have a band, or if you are a part of a band, the general rule of thumb is that you must have some sort of feel-good love song under your belt. The Common Kings have that song as well. It is called, “Slow Down.” This wonderful song is filled with loving lyrics. For example, “I need you right now. We don’t have to slow down.” The EP ends with the song “Champion,” that features Kat Dahlia. This song does a great job of blending elements of modern hip hop with classic reggae riddims. The chorus goes, “Cuz you are the champion // And, I know, and I know, and I know you’re one in a million // You’re the key to my kingdom // And, I know, and I know your love is unbeaten // You’re my number one.”

There is a mix of various reggae artists that give this album a lot of commendation. It is available on all digital outlets. The Common Kings songs are available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and other popular music platforms.

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