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20

Apr

@iamklassik dropping some new heat at the #vv2yr last night- thanks to everyone that came out

19

Apr

Video Villains 2 Year Anniversary is tonight!

Video Villains 2 Year Anniversary is tonight!

18

Apr

S/o to Jake Schneider Creations for creating the artwork for the new Klassik website

S/o to Jake Schneider Creations for creating the artwork for the new Klassik website

15

Apr

Klassik just turned up on em- 25 years young #keepitklassik #qtrcentury

Klassik just turned up on em- 25 years young #keepitklassik #qtrcentury

13

Apr

#NowPlaying @nas #Halftime #Illmatic #20YearAnniversary

(Source: Spotify)

23

Mar

My Latest - stream for free on Spotify!

(Source: Spotify)

18

Mar

Album Review: Klassik “Young Rising Phenoms”

amfm-mag:

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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. 

17

Mar

One of my inspirations for my music!

(Source: Spotify)

09

Mar

Printing up some fliers for @iamklassik and @fccmke for #Sxsw2014 #mkehome #keepitklassik - getting excited for this week!

Printing up some fliers for @iamklassik and @fccmke for #Sxsw2014 #mkehome #keepitklassik - getting excited for this week!

04

Feb

sportsbeermusic:

@IAMKLASSIK Klassik, Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s Rap/Hip Hop Artist of 2013, debuts his new LP entitled YRP - Young Rising Phenoms available at www.iamklassik.com. YRP spawned the hot new single and music video, Boogie, which has been featured on major music blogs such as The Source and Ruby Hornet.

Klassik releases YRP one year following his well-received 2012 LP, In The Making, which earned him recognition as Radio Milwaukee’s Artist of the Year. Klassik collaborated with other rising artists in both Milwaukee and Chicago such as Lili K, B~Free, Mr. Wilder and THEM People to help shape the sound of YRP.

The project begins with the song Haunts Me, an instrumental tribute to his deceased father that introduces an intimate yet assertive story about his time as artist of the year. This Is That New! is a lively song, denouncing the conformity of musical creativity. Lili K’s sweet voice decorates the melody. #Keepitklassik displays Klassik’s lyrical skills and is the overarching anthem of YRP. He delivers assertive, boastful lines about how he’s coming for the top spot, “Running down a list of your favorites, and when I catch them slipping I’ma gun em down, lyrical assassin.” The album evokes a more heartfelt sentiment on Mothership, which is an ode to Klassik’s mother and her support through both his triumphs and downfalls. Overall, YRP demonstrates the inability to categorize Klassik’s music and the importance of masterful songwriting.

S/o to sportsbeermusic!!