In Milwaukee, a great foulness impregnates the air at all times, a direct cause of the all the shits that nobody gives about it. But defying the odds, newcomer Klassik is steadily putting Wisconsin Hip Hop on the map. Over the last few years he has created a lot of buzz for himself, deemed the 2014 Top 10 Wisconsin Artist to Watch by JSOnline, 2013 WAMI Hip Hop Artist of the Year by Link, and 2012 Radio Milwaukee Artist of the Year. Klassik has already opened for the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris, and Talib Kweli just to name a few. With his eccentric blend of neo-soul and Hip Hop, Klassik sounds like a mix of Childish Gambino and Frank Ocean. Bridging an eclectic array of diverse styles, Klassik’s Spring EP is a thematically layered ode to everyone’s favorite season.
The main appeal in Klassik’s approach is how charismatic he is on the mic. At all times he dons the demeanor of an artist genuinely passionate about the music rather than someone looking for a check. Klassik proves as much on “Go Far,” the EP’s opener. The track is a tale of struggle as well as triumph, with the emcee giving brief autobiographical sketches about what caused him to get into music in the first place. Klassik’s harmonizing adds a further level of pathos than the bars themselves. “Know It All” is a bouncy, multi-tempo jaunt that recalls The Black Eyed Peas in the pre-Fergie days. On “Otha Fish,” Klassik flips a classic Pharcyde jam for an instrumental that succinctly captures the essence of the brief EP.
You can check out the Spring EP below, and if you are feeling it, make sure to track his movements on the interwebs.