Today, Knxwledge is releasing his new album. 1988 is out now via Stones Throw Records and features previously released singles “dont be afraid,” “[bc] tm’s not promised,” “learn,” and “howtokope.” which delve further into Knxwledge’s intricate world of mesmerizing loops, warm, lo-fi textures and soul samples flipped from the deep crate digging Knx is known for.
The album is the follow up to his 2015 album Hud Dreems. Additionally, Knxwledge is sharing an animated visualizer by Rhymezlikedimez for “Matkeitliveforever” from 1988.
Knxwledge’s output began early. 1988 takes its name from the fact that much of the new record was created that very year, when Knx was an infant. As the story is told, little baby Knx was left alone by his mother for just a few moments and crawled to a family member’s vintage SP-12 sampler. When his mother returned he had already produced his first beats and nearly mastered the machine. These tracks, all produced before nap time while rocking a Nike diaper, were stored over the years on floppy discs, then brought to his studio in recent months where they were finished up, mixed, and mastered.
The same year Hud Dreems was released Knx worked with Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly, earning the producer his first Grammy. A duo with Anderson .Paak called NxWorries was formed around the same time. Their single “Suede” became a viral hit, vaulting the singer to R&B stardom, and their album Yes Lawd! followed through on that song’s immense promise. Knx and Paak have quietly continued collaborating, and some of the new work is heard on this new album.
A prolific artist in the extreme sense of the word, Knxwledge continues to redefine instrumental hip-hop almost in real-time with a stream of beat tapes numbering in the hundreds on Bandcamp, and video remixes on Instagram.
1988 is available with a deluxe vinyl edition. The main album is boxed with a 10-inch EP and 7-inch single. These additional records contain all-new music that will not be released through digital platforms.
Hear 1988 above, see full album details below and stay tuned for more from Knxwledge.
March 27th, 2020
Stones Throw Records
1. dont be afraid
2. [bc] tm_s not promised
3. do you
4. thats allwekando.
8. with[reality] 9. uonlygetone
11. be safe
17. itkanbe[sonice] feat. NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge)
22. minding_my business feat. Durand Bernarr