DENVER, COLORADO, USA
When it comes to love, there’s two sides to the coin you can land on; you’re either flipped onto alignment or facing misalignment, and in this case, it’s the latter that KNDRX has captured! The essence of misaligned entanglements is delivered illustriously on his track Don’t Love Me, featuring TheyCallHimAP.
KNDRX and TheyCallHimAP will have you deep in the feels; that’s the aural power of them. Don’t Love Me reflects on the type of relationship that’ll have you questioning if you’re on the same team—the type that’s full of chemistry but lacking all the fundamental things; it leaves a faded scar as a friendly reminder of the wisdom you gained from the experience. That’s what toxicity can do once you outgrow it; it teaches, contributes to the evolution of self, while simultaneously connecting humans through art inspired by the wound; it's a historical event, the emotion is generationally on repeat, and it's supposedly in the name of love, but truly in the name of breaking karmic cycles.
KNDRX’s gravelly flow flicks off a millisecond of huskiness after each raw rhyme rolls off his tongue, the melancholic sample amplifies the sound of heartbreak, and TheyCallHimAP vulnerably pierces as he lays down an emotionally charged verse in complete alignment with KNDRX’s vision. You’ll sink deep within the beat, absorbing every chime and guitar strum, every drum pattern, and every resonating lyric.
“I drew inspiration from a collection of my past relationships. I kept the story broad to avoid anyone from the past feeling attacked or targeted by my lyrics specifically. I typically must put myself in that headspace as I go into writing a song like this because I’m currently not dealing with any relationship’s issues in my personal life, but I do have a history of toxic relationships that makes recollecting and writing from that pain easier for me and more authentic and relatable for my listeners”. - KNDRX
Don’t Love Me depicts the energy of someone who has come to terms with unreciprocated love. It’s a one-way street when the unconditional giver meets the taker, ridden with secrets. The pain is soaking in the instrumental, and disappointment rides through each verse as KNDRX and AP rap about betrayal and how certain gender roles prevent emotional regulation and proper healing.
Heartbreak is forbidden in a man's world, and due to this, the ego breaks in acting as a barrier of protection as they refocus on getting 'more bread'. It’s an attempt at masking and adhering to unrealistic gender roles, but AP exposes the cracks in this behaviour by exposing an undertone of healthy anger through a gentle cuss. It comes as no surprise that KNDRX is a triple-talented threat, not only producing Don’t Love Me but also mixing and mastering this record and plenty more within his own catalogue.
“When I was in the studio making the instrumental, I also produced 12 beats that same day. I was challenging myself to see what my production limits were. I explored how long I can work on creating beats in a day before my ears start playing tricks on me. As soon as I heard the vocal sample, I knew it was special! I built a vintage Boom Bap sound around the vocal sample and brought in some ambient soundscapes to fill in the rest, then added some rap-able drum breaks. My verse was recorded the next day after going through the 12 packs I had made. A couple months later, one of my managers suggested I put TheyCallHimAP on the second verse. I reached out, and he complimented the record perfectly! We got to work and shot the video with @Qntm.Tx a few weeks later”. - KNDRX
The next chapter of KNDRX includes new merchandise drops, back-to-back music releases and visuals, a tour set to be rescheduled with Conway The Machine of Griselda Records, and a very hopeful future visit to Australia, where KNDRX will be interacting with his fans. Stay on top of announcements from KNDRX on Instagram and add Don’t Love Me to your playlist!