Rapzilla Beat Battle 2015 champion K-Drama is set to release his eighth studio album, The 8th, on Feb. 19.

The Cincinnati, Ohio-based artist/producer explained the album title in a press release: The 8th receives its title not only as the cumulative number of solo albums K-Drama has released, but in conglomerate with both present day realisms and biblical symbolism. This project pinpoints the number eight which, according to biblical numerics, means “new beginning.” It also draws comparison to the story of David, the eighth son of Jesse. He was both overlooked and scourged for his first role as shepherd, but later became king; the, “K,” in, “K-Drama,” means king.

“I feel like I’m starting all over again,” K-Drama said. “This project, in many ways, is a Psalm of my release from them who may have forgotten about me, those whom I’ve been hurt by, and my own thoughts of who I am versus how God sees me.”

K-Drama and Anthony “T-Rock” Clary teamed up to produce the album, which is the follow-up to K-Drama’s 2013 LP Winds & .Waves. The 8th is saturated with booming 808 kicks, is sonically triumphant and lyrically rises as his most honest body of work to date, K-Drama said.

The 8th is a story of finding worth and approval in the King of kings, not in earthly status or approval,” he said. “I break a lot of unwritten hip-hop rules on this album. I boldly wear my heart on my sleeve in hopes it’ll challenge all to stand tall in facing their giants.”

Tracklist:

  1. Shepherd (feat. Charde Jones)
  2. Posted
  3. But That’s Okay
  4. Counting Sheep
  5. The Heart (feat. D-MAUB)
  6. Show Me The Reason
  7. Go Beyond My Limit
  8. Arthur Agee
  9. Make It, Take It
  10. Because He Loves Me
  11. Stained Glass Window
  12. Heaven