by Eric Tullis
The localized hype surrounding last year’s N.C. Hip-Hop Day might have made you believe that veteran Chapel Hill rapper Kaze would return, re-energized, to the scene’s forefront with ass-kicking zeal.
Well, he’s returned, but something has just gone terribly wrong: JETSETMAFIA, Kaze’s new duo with Miami-based model and recording artist Liz Harlow, has just released the video for its debut single, a muddy and badly mixed remix of UK dubstep artist Flux Pavillion’s “Bass Cannon." You might know Flux Pavilion from the international rave hit “I Can’t Stop," sampled on “Who Gon Stop Me” from Kanye West and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne.
Unfortunately, JETSETMAFIA doesn’t wind up with similar results. Kaze’s phoned-in rhymes and Harlow’s stray vocals turn their “Bass Cannon” into a botched attempt to climb on the dubstep wagon. For this project, Kaze has adopted the alter ego, Black Kennedy; while we admire him for experimenting and challenging himself, we didn’t expect him to plop his talents into such a hazardous arena. This jet likely won't take off anytime soon.