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Album Review: Chaz Kangas' Knee Jerk Reaction

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Chaz Kangas himself. Photo courtesy Chaz.

It’s probably fitting that the place you’re most likely to find Chaz Kangas is online. After all, he got a pretty big boost by appearing on the freestyle-inspired Childish Gambino track My Hoodie off the Sick Boi drop a while back. After all, Childish himself is the online-only rap personification of Donald Glover, who himself got his start online with the sketch comedy group Derrick. But with an innumerable amount of battle rap videos spanning years, Kangas is so serious about tearing other MCs apart, there’d be nothing funny about it if it wasn’t so damn hilarious.

Unfortunately, YouTube and the interwebs in general being what they are, it’s not always possible to get a high-quality, clear sounding video out to the masses. And, no matter when you started getting on stage (for Kangas it was 11), often times it’s not exactly perfect. So why not compile your best stuff, pull some beats together, and make an actual CD called Knee Jerk Reaction, an homage to your skills as a freestyle artist. At least, that’s what Kangas has done.