Kryptonyte is a group effort from Jade Fox (Liv.e), Lord Byron, and Pink Siifu as the vocal triple threat or hydra and the production comes from Ben Hixon who not only seems to create nostalgic magic but has a light switch ability to transfer on styles in an instant. With tracks beginning under “Emmys,” Kryptonyte immediately is a Houston-esque classic with low-tuned production on the sample that clashes with some ethereal synths. The percussion that has that distinct lo-fi rattle to it is accompanied by a distant vocal hook from Lord Byron.
Fox also features on the track and the smooth female vocal immediately transports the listener to some of Gangsta Boo’s earlier verses. With a hook that describes, “Choppas, techs, bitches, sex, drippin’ wet, killahs, yes” and demands some grills on the teeth of the narrator, Kryptonyte is entertaining and almost sculpts this velvet coffin for the listener to sit in.
The transition from “All For My Wifey” to “Knock Knock” lets the chains swing on the neck with a golden gleam on the grueling dungeon torture chamber. “All For My Wifey” is a graceful 1-minute delivery from Fox spawning some thoughts of bubble baths and the finer things in life where clouds part for her. Extremely graceful and based in the realm of heaven on Earth, all things change as “Knock Knock” slides back the van doors and unloads two fully loaded lyrical Uzis on the audience.
The production here from Hixon is a freight train and knocks heads, immediately causing the hair to stand on the neck; something here is wrong. While only 10 seconds longer than “All For My Wifey,” the experience lasts like hours on a bad trip. Nightfall comes and Lord Byron acts as executioner describing, “Knock Knock who’s at ya door my nigga, it’s a 1-8-7 marble floor my nigga.” Setting up the parlor for an autopsy, Lord Byron’s vocals here are muffled and distorted slightly, but the delivery is rough and intimidating as if it is coming through a two-way radio.
Kryptonyte as a whole kind of has that delivery behind it where the distortion and tape effects are a part of the adventure through Memphis or Houston. As a group, Kryptonyte is less focused on the polished ability that each artist has shown previously and more about taking what’s in your pockets through sound.