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. Throughout his youth, he was tutored by local legend Berkely Fudge on the alto saxophone and piano. Klassik's classicly trained ears and jazz improvisation skills transferred easily when he began to produce his own music at the age of 14.
Fast forward to the present and Klassik's 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. His music continues to impress all willing listeners as Klassik distinguishes himself by writing and producing all of his original material without sampling.
"Enemy/Inner Me" is a great track! It is about a man who is basically his own worst enemy. Surely, this is something we can all relate to! His voice is very similar to Kanye West, but, his lyrics are much cleaner. From what I gather, it seems like he focuses more on the beat of the music than the lyrics alone. "MoonRock" is a track that anyone could dance to but, it isn't a ridiculous track that you would hear at a second-rate club. I really enjoyed his album in general.
This is very good! However, it's very different from the "Dirty South" hip-hop that I grew up. In my opinion, it's a freshness that's long overdue.