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Killa Kyleon, Natural Born Killa

Killa Kyleon
Natural Born Killa

Beats: L
Lyrics: L
Originality: M

On the Boss Hogg Outlawz’s 2007 debut, Serve & Collect, Killa Kyleon separated himself from the pack by dropping memorable verses about holding rank in his hometown of Houston. Now trying to make his mark without Slim Thug’s cosign, Kyleon’s latest mixtape, Natural Born Killa, offers an interesting albeit repetitive glimpse into his rap persona.

The message on NBK is clear: Kyleon is a product of the streets. He says as much on the intro, “Gangsta,” where he flips a sample from the movie Goodfellas on the hook, namedrops a number of the world’s most notorious gangster figures and compares himself to them. The theme resurfaces on “Street Life,” as he spits about the trials and tribulations about making it out of the ’hood. And on “Dope Boy,” Kyleon lifts the beat from Gucci Mane’s “Classical” and raps, “New Rich Porter, I’m feelin’ like Meech/Runnin’ shit like Smitty, I’m deep in the streets.”

Once you pull back the top layer, Kyleon doesn’t have a whole lot left to say. From money (“Toccarra”) to hustlin’ (“Thug”) to the street life (“I Live It”), he quickly exhausts his limited subject matter without digging any deeper. It also doesn’t help that, outside of tracks like “Swang Real Wide,” featuring Z-Ro, NBK doesn’t contain the strong production efforts afforded to Kyleon when he was riding with the Boss Hoggs.

Fortunately, the sample-driven “Nuthin 2 A Hustler,” features Kyleon proving he’s capable of creating more personal songs. On a tape filled with generic gangster tales, it’s a welcome addition. And if he opens himself up to creating more tracks like it in the future, the self-proclaimed Natural Born Killa should have enough ammo to capture the solo success he desires. —Chris Yuscavage

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  • Jerod

    Hey… who pulls a robbery rocking all gucci? You look like a damn fool wearing that over your face. If you’re gonna rock some gucci, or louie, or prada… you know UPPERCLASS apparel… start acting upper class. If not, stick with the Roca Wear.

    • http://twitter.com/mrhouston713 jamaal

      say homeboy fuck you cuz this a houston thang potna stop hatin on the next man cuz you cant afford all that shit potna wit yo lame ass

  • 45Gigolo

    Shut the fuuuucccckk up!! You know who u talking bout??? That man’s a living legend here in Texas ya beeyatch!! Sup KillaKyleon!! Keep doing ya thang pimping..

    Hey Jerod…Go eat some subways sandwiches!!!

    • Jerod

      Haha. Funny shit. I don’t care. I don’t give two fucks about your goon/thug role model. Ignorance runs rampant in the hood doesn’t it?

  • http://xxlmag.com JOSE

    nice pic. man


    Who implied the motherfucker was trying to rob a bank because he has a scarf over his face? Killa Kyleon is the truth but lately hes been slippin.. Go to datpiff.com and download his Purple Punch and Welcome To The Hood series!

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  • Claude0622

    This article is a travesty. It paints Kyleon as a simple rapper. If you talking subject matter out of the equation than lil wayne, gucci mane, plies, the game, fat joe, anydmany others would be out of work. Its bars, delivery, metaphors and content. This should not be associated with Killa Kyleon. Just being real about it. and YES I’m from Houston and proud of it, PUNK!

  • http://www.facebook.com/L.Q.ENT L.Q.

    This was an ok rating. He has better mixtapes and they are more original