Denver, Colorado-based hip-hop artist Know Self releases “Next Level,” a track lifted from his forthcoming album, R.I.P. (Replenishing Inspiration Proper), slated to drop November 11, 2022.
Encompassing 11-tracks, the upcoming R.I.P. offers visceral, unfiltered bangers, balancing old-school hip-hop with mainstream and conscious rap. By welcoming life lessons into his music, he offers support for those who also face challenging circumstances and who seek self-growth, development, and heightened states of awareness.
From a family of drummers, Know Self’s innate feel for patterns of rhythm seamlessly transferred over to rhyming lyricism. Raised on classic boom bap, Know Self embodies a variety of styles blending elements of retro ‘90s hip hop, a conscious heart-centered approach, and rounded hints of hard-hitting trap.
Yet at the same time, Know Self realized that style requires substance, leading him to discover how to imbue his music with understanding, for himself and his listeners.
Trained in 7 different kinds of healing modalities, Know Self intends for his words to be interwoven with healing energy, awareness, and expansion.
Know Self’s compelling and magnetic sound has made him a mainstay in Colorado, performing at festivals like Sonic Bloom, and Arise, and gracing the stages of venues like the Gothic Theatre, the Ogden, and one of Denver’s largest indoor venues, Mission Ballroom. He has also collaborated with iconic artists such as Gift of Gab, Zion I, Locksmith, and Sa-roc (rhymesayers), and is the emcee of Denver’s own electronic project Lucid Vision.
“Next Level” opens on kaleidoscopic, swirling tones rolling into a hefty, thumping, trap rhythm featuring crisp percussion and a subterranean, booming bassline. Know Self’s rapid-fire flow gives the rhymes potent flavors and tight timbres. Echoing vocal declarations infuse the flow with dynamic depth and dimension.
Overflowing with a powerful, captivating rhythm, a gleaming topline, and the swicked-rapping flow of Know Self, “Next Level” is solid gold.