Regular readers of this online editorial space well know we're huge fans of Ka . The Brownsville streets disciple recently sat down for an hour-long conversation with Red Bull Music Academy Radio , recalling his introduction to hip-hop as a '70s Brooklyn baby, his stints with Natural Elements and Nightbreed on the '90s underground circuit, his breakthroughs with GZA and Roc Marciano, and the deferred acclaim he's enjoyed from a uniquely devoted fan base. Most compelling, however, are Ka's reflections on destiny and mortality, and how being "pain in the spoken form" informs his attention to his craft. "I don't sit with a therapist," says Ka. "I sit with a pen and paper."