Get Up On This With Jensen Karp: Kenna – New Sacred Cow

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp gets us up on something new

November 29, 2018

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp brings our attention to something that we may not know about yet or something we may have overlooked in the past. In this case, 15 years ago.

Now it's time to "Get Up On This."

This week Jensen introduces us to an Ethiopian-American musician named Kenna and the album is called New Sacred Cow.

According to Jensen, Kenna’s album New Sacred Cow is the best album of the 00’s and not very many people even know it exists. It didn’t get an opportunity to get real radio play either. Kenna released this album on more than one record label. First through Fred Durst’s label Flawless Records on Interscope, Sony Music, and even Columbia through Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo’s The Neptunes’ Star Track Entertainment record label and it never really found a home. The album was produced by Chad Hugo and is heavily influenced by Rock an Electro-Pop. Listen to the three songs Jensen played for us today.

You can hear the Oingo Boingo and Depeche Mode influence on this song. – Free Time

On this song you get the Post Rock Synth Pop feel and the Chad Hugo Neptunes sound all come together. – Love Hate Sensation

The last song is too good to ignore and we can appreciate that it could be good in any year. – Red Man

These are all great and they even warranted a chapter, Kenna’s Dilema in Malcom Gladwell’s book Blink about how “Despite the tremendous reaction from critics and record executives, he was still unable to puncture through because the industry plays a part in what you’re doing, you can't just be good.”