Sounds Like: Laidback hip-hop soul, sans ego
For Fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, D'Angelo
Why You Should Pay Attention: New Jersey-born and Los Angeles-based beatmaker Knxwledge found the best possible breakthrough thanks to Kendrick Lamar, who stumbled upon the producer's Bandcamp. Knxwledge subsequently got a coveted credit on Lamar's recent release To Pimp a Butterfly, having created the dreamy, atmospheric beat for "Momma." Next up, he'll be releasing an album via Stones Throw in May titled Hud Dreems while prepping a collaborative record with Anderson Paak (their duo is called NxWorries). Plus, after spending some time with them in the studio, Knxwledge should be able to add credits for Action Bronson, Prodigy and Schoolboy Q to his list.
He Says: "Probably what sets my tunes apart is the feeling. Everything I touch is 800% melody driven, so whether it's some chops or chords, it's going to be church soul minus the hallelujahs."
Hear for Yourself: Knxwledge supplied the jazzy beat for "Killuminati" by Joey Bada$$. Brittany Spanos