HipHopDX Premiere: KXNG Crooked has recruited singer Iliana Eve and Mike Smith for the “Too Ashamed” video. The song is one of the new songs from the veteran rapper’s latest project, 15 (Sins of the Father Playlist).
Produced by Jonathan Hay and King Graint, the track addresses his personal struggles with alcoholism and some of Eve’s past trauma, while the black and white visual tells the story of a man in recovery. As the title indicates, it also tackles the shame that is often associated with admitting substances have become a problematic issue.
“More than a few people have told me that the first time they heard ‘Too Ashamed’ it moved them to tears because it reminded them of their struggles with sobriety,” KXNG Crooked told HipHopDX. “They also said the song motivates them to keep fighting the good fight. Those testaments are the reason I continue to make music. Some things are more important to me than awards and accolades.”
Hays adds, “This song is all about overcoming personal adversity. KXNG Crooked is conquering his battle with alcoholism and making peace with those he’s hurt. Iliana Eve is coping with the trauma of being a victim in a violent home invasion and moving forward. This is the most transparent song I’ve ever been involved with.”
Watch the video above.