Taking three seemingly contrasting genres and fusing them together with quality musicianship is the up and coming producer, M3staken (M3). He has put together a soundscape-esque concept album consisting of 8 experimental and boundary pushing tracks, called Apex.
Born and raised in South Carolina, M3 made ‘Apex’ as an attempt to create a unique fusion of classical, hip-hop and electronic styles. He states that “as a primarily hip-hop based artist, it was important for me to emphasise the amount of musicality there is in hip-hop, while also using a mix of classical styles and modern techniques”.
As M3 notes, he is mainly a hip-hop artist, but he finds inspiration from a wide range of genres and musicians including Jamie XX, FKA Twigs and Joey Bada$$.
In addition, M3’s repute as a musician cannot be denied due to his preference of using live classical pianos rather than samples, escaping the hip-hop cliché.