Black Violin's Classical Hip Hop
    • FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015

    • Posted by: Niko Demetriou

    It would be easy to discredit Black Violin as a kitschy gimmick, but you'd be wrong. The classically trained Kev Marcus and Wil B. (violin and viola respectively) may initially come across as a clever idea that was taken a bit too far, but given the opportunity, they sport some serious talent and conceptual depth. While the foundation of their tracks rely on hip hop grooves and drum machine beats to get your head bobbing, their talents as string instrumentalists are what keep things interesting. A mix of recognizable pieces and pleasing original melodies hold a balance over the consistent beats that has the potential to remain fresh for some time.

    Their new single "Invisible" travels a bit further into the realm of hip hop that the duo hasn't visited all too often. Bringing in Pharoahe Monch to kick some strong purposed verses, the track feels much more like a rap record with some fantastic classically tuned production. Instead of predictably laying out a melody over the hi hat and snare, Kev Marcus' violin feels like another rapper. Freestyling with quick fingers and incredible composure, it's a sneakily powerful tune. A group with recognizable talent, it's nice to see Black Violin keep things rolling.

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