The ‘Klashnekoff Appreciation’ Post

In 2004, as 50 began his carbine-round rise to superstardom and the Dirty South started grabbing attention, I switched my musical focus to UK rap. Following what was happening stateside grew increasingly tedious. US rap became greedy and predictable and, much like a child with ADHD, obsessed with anything new and shiny, regardless of substance or merit. Later, when Lil’ Jon, the embodiment of lazy, MTV media hype, was propelled into pop culture for shouting a series of simple affirmatives, I decided enough was enough.

Buying narcissistic MC’s CD’s, only to hear them battle an invisible opponent, or affirm some self perpetuated macho image, or say how much more money they have than me for 35 minutes, was no longer the one. I started looking for music that was a little closer to home, not just geographically, but lyrically and conceptually. I needed something that would tickle my teenage sense of rebellion. Through Dre I quickly discovered an MC from Hackney called Klashnekoff and bought his debut release, The Sagas.

Sagas (which when I last looked on Amazon was on sale for £25) changed my whole outlook on rap music. There was a ferociously rebellious and yet conscious energy at its heart, the kind all good rap music has, and it wasn’t tied up in Wu-Tang gangsterisms or Post-Civil Rights protest, a la Public Enemy. Its organic sound, sorely lacking from rap music at the time, made Klashnekoff’s descriptions of claustrophobic urban life, modern relationships, hate, promise and death seem all the more heartfelt and real. Even Murda, a song described by Klashnekoff himself as ‘very obvious’, has more lyrical depth to it than most rap artists’ albums.

For me, The Sagas Of Klashnekoff set the bar for UK rap, a bar that hasn’t been raised since. So, with news of a new Klashnekoff album on the way and an impending interview with the man himself after recording of said album is finished, I thought I’d take time here to reflect over his career so far, and showcase some of his biggest tunes, and most inspirational pieces to date.

Enjoy.

Kristian

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One Response to “The ‘Klashnekoff Appreciation’ Post”

  1. Bluntwun Says:

    Good post. I been listenin to dude since 2002 when he was known as Ricochet Klashnekoff. Itch FM introduced him as it was run by the now defunct label he was on; Kemet Entertainment Records. ‘Zero’ and ‘Our time’ were his first 2 tracks i heard (and im pretty sure they were his 2 first tunes out).

    Ever since he’s been sick except for that WAK mixtape “Focus mode” where he just rapped on bait yankee instrumentals, was v disapointed with that on the whole.

    Sagas of… was actually all his old material put on 1 disk as a lot of it had been slept on.

    He finally came with his 1st LP with tussle wid da beast which was pretty sick and there was the Terra Firma album also which was solid.

    K-Lash = top 3 uk rappers ever. Its an absolute par that he never really made it but u got fassys like Master shortie and them lot doin big numbers (i kno its cos he has a commercial sound but the point stil stands!!).

    and yea that blog post was good except where he was chattin shit about lil jon, prob the most mis understood artist in recent years. Ppl just hear his “shouts” which are actually chants and ignore his next level production… SMH

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