“Karma Plays” - by McClenney is an indie RnB masterpiece that gives perspective to the debate between good and evil in a really artistic, sonically-pleasing way.
The jazzy keyboard and bass intro blows me away each time I replay this song. I am a sucker for bass, and this song delivers. McClenney’s soothing voice, heavenly harmonies, and impressive vibrata set him apart as an artist. Everything about this song is soulful. The lyrics are sung by someone who is a genuinely good person, and can’t fathom how people who do bad things are “strapping [their] souls to the passenger seat” and letting karma drive the car and decide their fate.
Chris McClenney is an artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Maryland. He has collaborated with Khalid on his Grammy award-winning album H.E.R, Kygo, The Chainsmokers, and other big names. McClenney aims to tell stories with his music, for himself and for others. He has used his platform for other important actions such as writing proposals to change the names of Rap and R&B categories for the Grammys. One of them involved eliminating the word “urban,” which has been a discussion for years. McClenney remarked, “I'd be wrong to not acknowledge the gravity of the crisis we're facing at this time. Because of this, I'm being more selective about the things I take on right now and only pushing forward projects that I feel contribute to the conversation.”
Written by Annika Johnson, edited by Hannah Schneider