Strange Music has established itself as one of the country’s largest independent labels. It has a roster full of hip-hop artist such as Tech N9ne, Ces Cru, and Steve Stone among others. You wouldn’t expect to hear an R&B/Pop album released on the label. What some don’t realize is that Strange Music is about letting its artist take chances. Allowing them to put out the music they want. Strange Music veteran, Krizz Kaliko is taking the biggest gamble of his career thus far. After putting out five successful hip-hop albums,Krizz Kaliko released his first R&B/Pop album, Go on April 8th.
Go is only a departure for Krizz in the genre it covers, but not in the topics discussed and collaborations featured. Many of his label-mates including Tech N9ne, Rittz and Ces Cru are featured on tracks like “Orangutan” and “Behave”. Go also features some of the most important women in Krizz’s life including his wife, Crystal Watson and his mother. Go is courageous enough to speak about topics that most artists shy away from in R&b such as suicide and depression. Go isn’t all about love and happiness though there is a track called “Happyish”. Krizz describes it as a song that, “Sums up most of my life.” While developing the album, Krizz was battling bouts of anxiety and depressions.
Go is a complex roller coaster ride of emotions and sounds. From emotional ballads to soulful songs and chopper style raps that existing fans are familiar with. Go has a bit of everything. The album includes a four piece horn ensemble on “Mama’s Intro (God’s Order)”. For anyone familiar with Krizz’s music this isn’t too far from the norm. Krizz typically includes other music styles (Rock, Country, EDM, Rap/Hip-Hop) in his creations. Krizz describes the album as a “mix of current and throwback at the same time.” Go has a deep mix of sounds from guitar melodies, “Big FU” to throwback funk that rivals any 80s pop hit ever, “Outta Line”.
Ultimately, Go, is a collimation of Krizz’s lifework. Everything and everyone that is important to Krizz is on the album. Though he leaves himself very vulnerable, he wouldn’t have it any other way. Krizz sees it as an opportunity to provide advice and help to those going through many of the same situations he has gone through. Music continues to be more than just a vehicle for Krizz’s creativity, but rather his lifeline.
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