Pitchfork: "I'm Depressed" Review

by Marc Hogan // Senior Staff Writer

 

D.R.A.M.’s ebullient “Broccoli” felt necessary last year, not least because its goofy joy allowed listeners to escape the grimness of the daily headlines. Los Angeles-via-North Carolina rapper Ka5sh’s “I’m Depressed” refers directly to “Broccoli,” and it reaches a similar state of giddiness, even as it approaches from the opposite end of the emotional spectrum.

From Ka5h’s self-titled EP, “I’m Depressed” turns misery into hilarity the same way you make a young child’s stubborn pout slip into laughter: by pointing it out. In warbly Auto-Tune, Ka5sh murmurs about dropping pounds, letting work pile up, and sleeping for days on end. Producer Yung Skrrt's chirpy synth blips and jaunty bass fuzz indicate our all-too-relatable narrator is, all the worse for someone in such a state, at one hell of a party. The track culminates in a perfectly tweaked “Broccoli” lyric: “Ain’t no tellin’ what I’m finna blow off.” With wry detail and a light touch, Ka5sh flips being bummed into something that’s infectiously joyful in its own right.