Klassik, an up and coming artist out of Milwaukee, is a breath of fresh air for everyone from hip hop heads to jazz enthusiasts to Rock N’ Roll fans. Klassik has already rooted himself within the Milwaukee music scene with his unique ability to produce innovative tracks with catchy meaningful lyrics. With several jazz festivals across Europe under his belt, not to mention self-taught piano skills, and a keen ear for rich and new sounds, Klassik already boasts a distinguished performance resume. He has shared the stage with the likes of Asher Roth, The Cool Kids, Rhymefest, Lupe Fiasco, Cranberry Show, and Prophetic, while also hosting several performances as a headliner.
Klassik was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He grew up playing alto saxophone and is influenced by a variety of different artists and genres. His music has evolved into an eclectic form of hip hop, rhythm and blues, and jazz. Some of his major influences include Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Kanye West, and Steely Dan.
You probably know the typical gangsta/hardcore listener, right? A 15-year-old white boy from the ‘burbs who wants to be a man but his mom won’t let him have a really loud car? The kind who writes “u got 2 get dis its da shiz”? They probably won’t understand this album.
Now, you also know the musically adventurous, intelligent listener who avoids rap because they think it’s all gangsta/hardcore, right? The kind of sentient being who can handle the concept of chords and scales, and knows the difference between “your” and you’re? This is the person who would buy this album, everytime.
Even if you don’t think you’ll like rap, this is an album definitely worth having in your collection. It’s not the stereotypical brother from the hood stuff. This is smooth, clever, funny, creative spoken-word music. That’s the key. It’s musical. There are breezy melodic hooks under deft arrangements, with just enough punch to be classed as rap…if it wants to be!
Sure, in some way it’s Old School, but Old School’s never gotten old, while a lot of the other genres have become derivative, repetitive, and stale. You’ll like this from the beginning, and you’ll keep listening to it, because it’s inventive, innovative and creative. Whether you’re new to rap or a fan looking for something new and interesting, this will be a fantastic buy.
“In The Making” is probably one of the most original, different rap albums you will ever hear. It’s so creative, positive and happy without being maudlin, twee or dumb, and that isn’t easy! It completly ignores all “gangsta” negativity, and wraps you in a soulful blanket of Hip-Hop and jazzy magic.
The album will usher in a new movement of thought in rap music. Somewhat like the very underrated De La Soul started way back in the late eighties. Not much out there today resembles the brilliant things De La Soul did during their time. Maybe the Outcast…and now Klassik.
Doing a track by track rundown would be ridiculous for this album, as it contains 17 power tracks of creative genius, that need to be listened to in their entirety, from track one.
Sure, I was knocked back by a couple of catchy album highlights like, “All Day (feat.Toni Martin),” “Escape,” “Blow My High(feat.Prophetic & To),” “Stay” and “Waiting 4 a Minute(feat.Rtystic), but you really need to appreciate this album from start to finish.
Klassik is ‘the thinking man’s rapper’, whose not obsessed with getting ‘paid & laid’. He offers an attitude and a level of eclecticism rivaled by few in this genre.
“In The Making,” marks a truly substantial album, that shifts the attention away from the strictly macho posturing and broody street outlook, delivering a supremely confident, assured and energetic recording that will raise the bar for the growing ‘intelligent rap’ genre on the rise.
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