Klassik’s style blends Kanye West with Kid Cudi’s delivery, a hint of Stevie Wonder influence and some old-school jazz.
Review by Marcus Carson
A buzz has been brewing out of the Midwest, and Milwaukee’s very own Klassik stands out as one artist in particular who deserves recognition. Klassik is an independent hip-hop/soul/jazz artist who has been doing his thing for quite some time now. His style of music consists of a blend between Kanye West mixed with Kid Cudi’s delivery, with a hint of Stevie Wonder influence and some old-school jazz.
The track that caught my attention in detail, “Death of a Beatmaker,” recalls a Blackalicious song that used to air on BET more than 10 years ago. “I am Klassik” has a very smooth delivery, catchy lyrics and a fun listening vibe. It reminds me of Lupe mixed with Wale-influenced lyrics and the production methods of Kanye West.
“Energy/Inner Me” reminds of Daft Punk. I honestly don’t know why, but it has a very laid back feel. He kind of sounds like B.O.B on this one. I know I have been making a lot of artist comparisons, but he really does (and seems) to be heavily influenced by the likes of Kanye West, Wale, Kid Cudi and the current trending sounds of today’s Billboard rap artists. I really like the harmony of this track. I imagine flashing lights when the intro opens.
Another track that caught my attention is “That Life.” Klassik opens the track with intricate wordplay and listeners can really hear the effort he puts into the lyrics while explaining the lifestyle he lives. I can see Klassik on the big screen with the stars; he has a lot of potential and talent. His full-length debut In the Making shows him to be hardworking and dedicated.
Set for release on September 25, 2012.
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