WJ Review: KID INK – My Own Lane (ALBUM)

From Los Angeles to London and beyond, 2014 is destined to be the “Year of Kid Ink” as the burgeoning global hip-hop star is set to release his Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/EPIC Records debut album My Own Lane on January 6th. The album will be available for pre-order from 17th December.

Leading the way for Kid Ink’s highly anticipated release is the hit single “Show Me” featuring Chris Brown which has been radio playlisted across the board including Capital Xtra and 1xtra A lists, Kiss, The Hits and Juice Liverpool.

Selected by Shazam as one of “2014 New Artists To Watch,” Kid Ink has enlisted notable guest appearances by Chris Brown, A$AP Ferg, Pusha T, Wale, Meek Mill, Elle Varner and more. My Own Lane also showcases an onslaught of head-nodding production by DJ Mustard and others.

This past spring Kid Ink released his ALMOST HOME EP to rave reviews by,, amongst others, supported Kendrick Lamar on his “good kid, m.A.A.d city World Tour,” and recently wrapped up his successful, sold out 14-date “Roll Up European Tour.”

‘My Own Lane’ is Ink’s time to step up and show us what he’s worth and boy has he done so. Featuring guest appearances from Chris Brown, A$AP Ferg, Pusha T, Meek Mill, and many more, Ink’s album is a barrage of party anthems and club classics, just waiting for us to hit the dance floor to.

Who’s Jack favourites include the catchy ‘Bad Ass’, the classic trap hip hop vibe of ‘Bossin’ Up’, and ofcourse the Chris Brown features ‘Show Me’ (absolutely lose our minds to this one, don’t watch is in the club if this comes on’, and ‘Main Chick’.

We weren’t so keen on ‘No Miracles’ however, and feel the album could have done with some careful selection here. All the tracks showcase a different and admirable side to Ink; but a few are same-same, and should have been saved for a future venture in our opinion. Rumour has it ‘No Miracles’ is the next single, so we’re probably going to swallow our words soon and be singing along with the admittedly addictive chorus; however the commercialism of this track isn’t necessary in an otherwise brilliantly crafted pop-hip-hop album.

Overall, Ink isn’t doing anything revolutionary; but what he is doing, he’s doing seriously well, and we’re on it. On it like a car bonnet. That’s official.