Krizz Kaliko Seamlessly Switches Lanes, Drops Ambitious, Powerful RnB Album GO & New Video
Inspired by the Music of His Childhood, GO Is a Tremendous Creative Leap For the Strange Music Artist
After releasing five studio albums, today, veteran rapper Krizz Kaliko completes a huge transition with the release of GO, a Pop/RnB album released via Strange Music. The 16-song album is an incredibly solid body of work highlighted by strong musicianship and brutally honest story-telling. Created during a time when Krizz suffered bouts of manic depression and suicidal thoughts, the album is both powerful and relatable. With influences ranging from old soul and rock n’ roll and vocal stylings that mirror the energy level of Prince, Bruno Mars, and Maroon 5, Go reflects Krizz’ eclectic love affair with music.
Today, Krizz Kaliko also shares the new video for “Talk Up On It.” Filmed in the historic Kansas City Union Station, which was built in 1914, Krizz hired over 85 dancers and actors to bring the dance-centric video to life. Produced by Michael “Seven” Summers, “Talk Up On It” represents the lighter side of GO, proving that Krizz Kaliko’s dancefloor jams are just as good as the darker explorations of his psyche.
Describing himself as an “overweight dude with mental health issues” who is a visible carrier of the skin-lightening disorder vitiligo, Krizz admits, “I’m an unlikely pop star – that’s reserved for conventionally beautiful people, but there’s something about me that people gravitate towards. My music overshadows my appearance. My fans love me for the battles I’ve been through and many have told me my music has prevented them from committing suicide. I named my first RnB album GO to propel me out of the funk I’ve been in for the past year. I’ve had to press on through so much crap in my life that the concept of moving forward – to go – has been a mantra that has saved me from killing myself. I also named it GO because we took it there, musically; we went the distance.”
Last week, Krizz Kaliko released “Talk Up On It,”a bouncy and flirtatious RnB track which equally recalls Chic, Cee-Lo Green Is The Soul Machine, early ’00s Timbaland, and Michael Jackson’s Bad, via the Strange Music SoundCloud. Previously,via Complex, Kaliko released “Behave,” a single featuring Tech N9ne, that explores the complex nature of spousal fidelity. Krizz also shared the powerful “Stop The World,“ a somber record that chronicles his battles with suicidal thoughts, last month via Billboard, and more recently shared a moving black-and-white video for the track, debuted by VIBE. “I wanted to do music that was totally different than all of the music I’ve done of my previous albums and with Tech N9ne,” explains Krizz to Billboard. “I actually sing and write: Rap/Hip Hop, R&B, Rock, Pop, Country, EDM, Reggae and any other genre of music that I experiment with,” he notes, calling GO “the album of my life.”
Listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/strangemusicinc-official/krizz-kaliko-talk-up-on-it/
Purchase the album here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/go/id1087982907?&app=itunes
Watch “Talk Up On It” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvLpB9rqr-c
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For Krizz Kaliko, a rapper and R&B singer born and raised in Kansas City, music is more than his life’s work: it’s his lifeline. A long time collaborator of Tech N9ne and a signee to the rapper’s Strange Music label, Krizz’ music always reflects his mood. From his playful 2008 debut Vitiligo to his dark epic Genius (2009), Krizz’ body of work runs the gamut of the human psyche. Krizz Kaliko’s expressive lyrics and emotional honesty have won the rapper a devoted legion of fans who eagerly anticipate his every move. After releasing five studio rap albums, Krizz forsakes his rapid-fire bars for smooth singing on Go, a powerful, ambitious Pop/R&B effort released April 8th.
Strange Music Background:
Founded in 2000 by Tech N9ne and business partner Travis O’Guin, Strange Music carved its own path to become the #1 independent hip hop label in the world. The Kansas City-based powerhouse boasts a roster of 15 artists, and has developed into the premier independent blueprint thanks to an intense touring schedule, an unwavering DIY ethic and a worldwide audience.
“You See It (Buss It)”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yjICng-zPk
Tech N9ne ft. Krizz Kaliko – “Cypher IV”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaQB7x4Vt9k
“Girls Like That” ft. Bizzy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvX9cA0PmL4