Grammy-award winning super-producer Knxwledge has announced that his new album 1988 is being released this Friday, March 27 on eminent independent hip-hop label Stones Throw Records. The new 22-track album from the ever-prolific, now LA-based producer features long-time NxWorries collaborator and Grammy Award-winning rapper Anderson .Paak, Durand Bernarr, and Rose Gold. The esteemed beatmaker who was raised in central New Jersey and Philadelphia has released four new singles “Do You”, “Listen”, “Don’t Be Afraid” and “Learn/Howtokope” from the album this year, and pre-orders for the various vinyl versions are out now.
With a couple of high-profile production credits with Joey Bada$$ in 2012/2013 on his 1999 album, Knxwledge was able to expand his listenership to further fanbases. This 1988 album serves as the follow up to Knxwledge’s impressive 2015 official debut album Hud Dreems that was released also on Stones Throw. In the same year that Hud Dreems dropped, he also worked with Kendrick Lamar on the landmark To Pimp a Butterfly album, earning Knxwledge his first Grammy Award with the track “Momma”. This period also saw the release of the critically acclaimed and charting debut studio album Yes Lawd! from the NxWorries duo with .Paak that spawned the popular singles Suede and Link Up in 2015. These led .Paak to be heavily featured on Dr. Dre’s third studio album Compton, also released in the same year.
With over 125 of his own releases in the last decade alone, Knxwledge is an in-demand producer who has worked additionally with the likes of Ghostface Killah of Wu-Tang Clan, Earl Sweatshirt, Lil Wayne, Curren$y, mndsgn, The Alchemist, Prodigy of Mobb Deep (RIP), Action Bronson, Westside Gunn and Roc Marciano amongst many others. Get familiar with his extensive back catalog of music ahead of 1988 dropping this Friday.