By now, we hope you’ve perused a few tracks from The Bridge’s Artist of the Week, Brass & Boujee. Fusing the rich worlds of jazz and hip-hop, the collective is one of Kansas City’s most exciting collaborations in recent years. It also features three artists with thriving musical careers — Marcus Lewis, Kemet the Phantom and Kadesh Flow.
Ryan Davis — who performs as Kadesh Flow — is a propulsive emcee, a bold songwriter, a skilled trombonist, an auspicious producer and an enterprising artist who moved to KC from Alabama in 2013 after receiving his MBA. Since his move, Davis has made his imprint on KC and the nerdcore stratosphere.
In addition to his integral role in Brass & Boujee, The Phantastics and his own jazz ensemble The Deshtet, Davis has composed and produced music for Toonami Asia, played trombone on Jidenna’s 2019 album “85 To Africa,” and has performed at prominent anime and video game conventions across the country. Fresh into the new year, he’s preparing to release Kadesh Flow’s latest EP, “Motivated.”
“‘Motivated’ is a short collection of songs inspired by various themes,” Davis said, “from anime like ‘My Hero Academia’ and ‘Samurai Champloo’, to reflections on and reactions to strides that I’ve taken in my trajectory as a performing artist over the past year.”
On the album’s lead single, “Now,” the rapper trades rhymes with another one of the city’s most industrious artists, co-writer They Call Me Sauce of NuBlvckCity. The two emcees make a resolute declaration of their staying power as artists, and a dedication to push the boundaries of their music into the future.
Here is The Bridge’s premiere of “Now” by Kadesh Flow, featuring They Call Me Sauce. You can also hear it live on air today at 8:15 a.m.:
Kadesh Flow will be in action with Brass & Boujee this Friday night at recordBar, with support from NuBlvckCity. Tickets are available. “Motivated” will be available via major digital streaming outlets on Friday, Jan. 31. The release will be celebrated the following night at The Riot Room, where The Phantastics mark their ninth anniversary as a band. Tickets are available.