Klassik - In the Making
by Scott Taylor
(Calgary, AB, Canada)
In the Making CD cover
Klassik's album “In The Making” is a perfect example of what I think rap music should be. It's catchy, diverse, musical and rhythmic.
As a rapper, Klassik defies the normal standards of rap music by a)writing all of his own music and b) not using any samples. He plays all the instruments himself. That is a sign of musical integrity and creativity, which shouldn't come as a surprise if you know about Klassik's musical background.
This Milwaukee-born prodigy grew up playing alto saxophone and piano under the tutelage of Berkely Fudge during his youth. Klassik quickly became adept in jazz improvisation, among other things, and he even began producing his own music by the age of 14.
The jazz elements shine throughout “In The Making.” Nearly every song has some sort of shoutout to classic jazz, and even a little motown. I picked up alot of influences from the seventies and eighties, which was refreshing to hear. Songs like “Stay” “Who Else?” and “Forever Whatever” are drenched with lounge-style piano work, and you almost expect a lady to start crooning away before you hear Klassik jump in with his original rhymes or nonchalant singing.
In these tracks, he reminded me of a young Snoop, Warren G, or even a subdued Bone Thugs N Harmony.
There's no shortage of style or attitude on this album. You can tell that Klassik has alot of personality, which can be deduced through his versatility as a rapper and musician.
What really surprised me was his use of time signatures in his music. Yes, there are a few songs where you might have to think a moment before moving your head. There are 5/4 time signatures to be found here. This is yet another example of Klassik's stunning musicianship. Not alot of rappers venture beyond 4/4.
The harmonies are great. Klassik can really sing, and he'll punctuate some gorgeous melodies with a rapid-fire freestyle rap. His transitions are amazing, as is his flow and continuity. The album coasts along at relaxed pace, so you could actually play it from beginning to end without realizing that you've just done so. The time flies while listening to “In The Making.”
His lyrics are meaningful and articulate, and very contagious. I found myself rewinding many songs on this album and playing them over again, just to marvel over how someone can be so poetic with such speed and clarity.
Clearly, I'm not alone in my high regard for this artist. He has shared the stage with some other great artists, like Lupe Fiasco and Ashor Roth. As well, he also toured jazz festivals in Europe with a great degree of success. It seems like everywhere you turn, somebody is speaking positively about this guy.
“In The Making.” is a well produced, well written album. Klassik deserves a high amount of credit for his masterful work at piecing together his wide variety of parts, and forming a cohesive, very entertaining whole.
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My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.
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