If you’re looking for an excuse to take some downtime and you’re tired of that same old “lofi beats to study to” playlist, then we have the remedy for you – 96 Zeus. The Norway-based producer has put together his own blend of hazy beats and classic hip-hop in new work ‘kids’.
The bulk of the track is all laidback beats, raw acoustic strings and far-off vocals that echoes a stream-of-consciousness. However, there’s a surprise in store after 1:30 when Michael Kraun steps onto the sonic stage for some honesty storytelling in rap form. Shortly after Kraun’s guest verse, the track tails off with 96 Zeus‘ final question, “what happened to that pretty smile you had?”
Clarifying the cryptic messages held with ‘kids’, 96 Zeus gives us the backstory:
“While most of the music I’ve released have had a more ”slow/downtempo” vibe, I thought that I’d want to release a more upbeat song for the summer. The beat for ”kids” was made back in March, and just a few weeks later I had gotten a verse from my good friend Michael Kraun, who I’ve worked with previously. I initially tried to get another artist on the song, where it would be two verses from two artist on a beat that I had produced. Not being able to find the right person, I decided to hop on the song myself. Regarding the question, I find it hard to describe what the song means to me. I usually write and make music based off how I feel at the time, and as time passes, I can interpret my music in a whole different way than what I initially did. The lyrics and overall feeling of the song, to me, is just a feeling I had. Since music is subjective and is influenced by personal feelings, I would rather like to hear what my song means to you.”
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