Available exclusively here today
is Future Classic -
the much anticipated debut album from Cassow.
After releasing two well-received mixtapes on his own –
2010′s Mixtape Off To Mars w/ DJ Ill Will
& last year’s Head Of Class -
Cassow steps things up in every category
w/ a fully-realized project consistent in sound, theme & mood,
featuring all original production
& his still patented slick voice & steady-eyed focus.
Still just 21 years old,
Cassow has already garned a fair amount of national attention,
especially for a rapper hailing from Portland, OR -
a city that’s notoriously tough to breakout from its insulated local rap scene,
& the attention has definitely been well earned.
With one of the city’s meanest work ethics,
backed by a deadly honest braggadocio
& a refined ear for the beats that suit him best,
matched w/ an innate sense of just how to approach each of them
(recruiting regional Red Bull Big Tune champ, TROX
to A&R and coordinate the production line-up of the album was a major move as well),
all matched w/ quality visuals that can compete with the best of em -
Cassow is definitely one of the most promising talents in the NW.
And with Future Classic, he proves why.
Over production from some of the best up-and-comers,
including PRTLND/FRSH SLCTS’ own TROX, Stewart Villain & DaveNotti,
+ Seattle O.G., Jake One, St. Louis’ Trifeckta,
Chicago’s Trumaine, Sacramento duo, Hippie Sabotage & more -
Cassow writes some of his most personal rhymes to date on a variety of subjects,
serving as a will & testament of a 21 year old born & raised in NE Portland
just trying to break out & make something of his talents.
Never one to be to limited by where he’s from -
Cassow’s style fuses a myriad of influences throughout the album,
offering a NW, hood perspective
matched w/ an East Coast sense of storytelling & straightforwardness,
a Southern aesthetic of system-ready bump
(especially on the Pimp C referencing, “RND“)
& a West Coast fluidity to his approach.
And while the album is largely a solo effort,
Cassow is also joined by Philadelphia heavyweight Freeway on the single, “Cupid”
& Epp of TxE on two tracks as well.
You can stream Future Classic in full,
& download it for free, exclusively from FRSH SLCTS,
below the album’s credits.
1. Dreams (prod. Reign State)
2. Cinematic (prod. Trifeckta)
3. Red Carpet (prod. Hippie Sabotage)
4. Black Queen (feat. Smooth, prod. DaveNotti)
5. Addicted (prod. Reign State)
6. So Close (feat. Epp, prod. Jake One)
7. RND (prod. TROX)
8. Cupid (feat. Freeway, prod. TROX)
9. Bad Girl (prod. Stewart Villain)
10. Passenger Thought (prod. Stewart Villain)
11. Mind Yo Bidness (prod. Stewart Villain)
12. Where You At (feat. Epp, prod. Trumaine)
13. Ordinary Music (prod. TROX)
14. Hypercritical (prod. TROX)
15. Lost Time (feat. Smooth, prod. Trumaine)
17. All Or Nothing (prod. DaveNotti)
Written & Performed by Cassow
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Terminill for Flatline Studios
A&R/Final Album Arrangement by TROX
Executive Producers: Cassow, Jay Yo & TROX
Artwork & Photography by Matthew Dennis for Mxmdmg
Selected by KNNY FRSH for FRSH SLCTS