German/Ghanaian artist Serious Klein continues to prove his silver-tongued lyricism on latest single ‘Junior‘, out now via Majestic Casual. Listen here
The track was produced by long-time collaborator Rascal who has made a name for himself producing tracks such as ‘Juke Jam’ by Chance The Rapper and ‘Something New’by SiR ft Etta Bond. Taking a more laid back-approach than previous releases such as ’91 Flex’ and ‘Voodoo Money’, the latest single welcomes the soulful vocals from German singer Kidsoul! aka AhmetMateen, who flows perfectly over the jazzy instrumental.
Discussing the inspiration behind the single, Serious Klein says, “Junior is about the last conversation I had with my dad before he passed away, we hadn’t met in a long time and when we finally did, he talked about his youth, and becoming something like a mogul in the community he grew up in and seeing himself in me. One of the best things he could have ever done for me. I wrote the song last year, when I went to Ghana for his funeral, in a VIP Bus on the way from Kumasi to Accra. I spent most of the time taking pictures while looking out of the window and getting inspired by the beauty of my motherland. In these times of hardship, only listening to the instrumental reminded me of positivity, Ras sent it to me like a year before everything happened and for some reason it always reminded me of my dad. I was named after him by my Ghanaian name, so whenever I am home, I go by the name of Junior”.
Emerging from the underground hip hop scene in Germany, Serious Klein describes his music as “art rap” – a blend of rap, hip hop, jazz and soul – influenced by the likes of 2Pacto LutherVandross. His growing profile has seen him collaborate and perform with the likes of DenzelCurry, MickJenkins and BrysonTiller, with AliciaKeys describing him as “one of the hottest urban newcomers in Germany.”
Serious Klein is making 2018 his year, with a myriad of support flooding in from the likes of Mixmag, Earmilk, IndieShuffle, COLORS, Complex and Highsnobiety.