Every so often a rapper surprises me. Who knew Klassik even listened to Young Thug? Specializing in cleanly produced jazz-inflicted hip-hop, the posh Milwaukee rapper is the temperamental opposite of Atlanta's manic, syrup-addled wildcard, but even he can't resist the pull of Thug's club hit "Danny Glover." This week Klassik became the 347th rapper to jump on the track, and it's a hoot hearing him...
The knock against French alternative rockers is that they essentially write
the same song over and over again. That criticism is more or less fair, but
man, the songs “Lisztomania” and “1901” from 2009’s sterling
clockwork, the University of Wisconsin is ranked one of the country’s top party
schools year after year, much to the chagrin of administrators and to the pride
of students. Party culture is so deeply embedded into
Kevin Hayden has a love/hate relationship with jazz. He loves the music, which he’s been listening to since he was a toddler, when his father began teaching him to play drums. Over time, though, he’s learned to hate the culture
This is a lot of local talent on one track. Just in time for Valentine's Day, Milwaukee rappers Dana Coppafeel, SPEAK Easy and Klassik indulge their inner lovermen on their new ode to long-term commitment, "Wait," assisted by a sweet, soulful loop from producer CameOne. The track is the second single from a collaboration EP from Coppafeel and SPEAK Easy due this April. You can stream it below, or,...
Xavier Ruffin is quickly establishing himself as one of the city's most prolific rap-video directors. In the last week the director has debuted two very different videos that showcase his versatility. Klassik's "Anything" is framed as a short, partially animated art film about a couple whose relationship has run its course. Prophetic's "On Ten," meanwhile, is a classic location video, following th...
Milwaukee rapper/producer Klassik recorded his debut full length, In the Making, over several trying years
marked by self-doubt, depression, relationship struggles and a crushing
quarter-life crisis. You’d never guess...