At times it feels like he is in disbelief of his own life, while pushing himself to enjoy his current life.
Loose Kaynon has taken the long road to reach this zenith. An Edo State indigene bred in Kaduna State, he came to Lagos as a teenager in the early 2000s. Since he released his impressive debut album on Chocolate City, he has co-founded 100 Crowns with his friend and partner-in-crime, AQ and they have launched the now successful career of Blaqbonez.
He also swapped his role at Chocolate City for being an Exec at AFRICORI. On August 28, 2021, he got married to his heartthrob. Long story short, Loose Kaynon is winning – and so is Joakin Ikazoboh. But before all of these, he created Wax Lyrical, a performance platform for Rap music, which used to be held at Koko Lounge.
In every way, he is an OG, who is loved and respected by many. In 2018, he released Crown, a collaborative album with AQ and it was nominated for Best Rap Album at the Headies. Due to his beard and alpha male traits, he walks into a room and everybody takes notice. He also talks confidently and swaggers with purpose.
If you know him and his story, you will understand the long, gruesome route that brought him to this point. For these reasons, you will understand why his latest album is titled, Survivor’s Remorse.
Built on some impressive, eclectic beats of production, this is Loose Kaynon’s best performance as a rapper. At times it feels like Loose Kaynon is the product of a werewolf imprint.
‘Survivor’s Remorse’ is this impressive because Loose Kaynon has taken all his battle scars, his love, his wins, his viciousness and his gratitude, and poured it all into one impressive album.
On ‘Journey’ featuring iLLBliss he raps that, “I wear my battle scars…”
Across eight tracks, Loose Kaynon isn’t even rapping, he’s just speaking his truth, and the authenticity and genuineness of his chronicles will trigger effortless appreciation in the heart of any listener.
He is confident, intuitive, introspective and euphoric. This isn’t even adult contemporary Hip-Hop, it’s a chronicle of Loose Kaynon’s recent history as a black adult male, who is finally living his dreams. At times it feels like he is in disbelief of his own life, while pushing himself to enjoy his current life.
He is grown, and it reflects in his cover art, which sees him wear a pink suit while carrying a bouquet of flowers – possibly a metaphor for testimony.
‘Survivor’s Remorse’ can be broken down into five compartments; Family and Love, The Journey and Wins and Survivor’s Remorse.
Family and Love
For Loose Kaynon, family comes in three forms: his mother and siblings, his crew and his wife. All forms are extensively addressed, canvassed and appraised across the album. On ‘Win,’ the album’s opening track, Loose Kaynon discusses a “home team” with a sports reference.
Loose Kaynon feels like a defensive or sweeper like Fernando Hierro or like Dennis Rodman. He is self-confident enough to root for his brothers’ wins because he knows that it doesn’t stop his own wins.