@iamklassik dropping some new heat at the #vv2yr last night- thanks to everyone that came out
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Klassik has been making big waves in the Milwaukee music scene, and those sound waves have been rippling throughout the hip hop scene at large. Just coming off of his second year performing at South by Southwest, a slew of other shows, and opening for some great names like Kendrick Lamar and Talib Kweli, Klassik is a young rising star, a phenomenon at that.
His newest album “Young Rising Phenoms” alludes to that notion. The album starts off strong with an eerie two minute interlude, “Haunting Me,” a song about his late father, with a soulful woman crooning over an instrumental track. Living up to his father’s legacy, his dreams and inner demons seem to haunt him at night, and he’s trying to overcome the fear that he talked about in his last album “In The Making” on “Enemy/Inner Me”
Taking it up a notch Klassik offers an upbeat track in the following song, “The Is That New,” featuring Lili K. from Chicago. It’s got a fresh beat mixed in with a video game rill as Klassik raps, “Everything’s sounding the same/ So I made my own way.” alluding to the degeneration of some music these days. This song sounds nothing like what they’re playing in a good way.
The song “Overload” is a nod to the style that he coined in “moon rock” with that smooth space sound, but with very honest and layered lyrics “Trying to make sure my daddy ain’t die for nothing/ And my momma doing any and everything to keep her son in close range, safe from harm / This ain’t a wake up call/ This is me breaking the alarm.” This is that restlessness coming to light.
“Light” is cosmically sensual and smooth like ice cream, and sprinkled throughout are these moments of liquid poetry as Klassik raps, “I wax poetic non sequiturs.” Not sure if the reference to light is a light for a cigarette, a joint, a metaphor for his inner dream or all of the above. “Keep it Klassik” is his thizz gangsta ego coming out, spelling his name out so they don’t forget it.
“Boogie,” the first release from the album is that song. This dance track is one that hurts and might just be the song that makes Klassik big time. Maybe it’s the Michael Jackson sample, or the fact that it’s a feel good song about having a good time in trying times, but there’s something joyous about it, and I feel proud listening to it.
“Mothership” is his homage to his mother, giving listeners a glimpse into the mother that made this young rising phenomenon and a little of Klassik’s past. “Mama what we gon’ do when I get these millions/ We gonna be chillin by a pool mama/ Who woulda knew mama/ Your crazy son they probably thought was a fool mama/ Droppin out of school mama/ Now look on the news/ I’m what it do mama.” Not on the news for crime like his fellow black Milwaukee brothers, but for a taste at something better. And he is well on his way.
Stream the album here.
One of my inspirations for my music!