Contemporary composer Michael Vincent Waller (MVW) teams up with trap producer extraordinaire Lex Luger and Chicago’s Valee on “4Fit,” a new song that blends minimalist classical compositions and ominous strings with the hypnotic hard-hitting textures of trap to create a fresh new sound. Chicago rapper Valee lends his signature laid-back vocals with luxurious raps about foreign cars and expensive fashion. “4Fit” is the third single from upcoming Classic$ releasing this Fall.
MVW explains, “My core intention on Classic$ is to get classical music into hip-hop without dissolving either. It’s about allowing the production and samples to breathe organically.”
“4Fit” follows Classic$ second single “Still Do” described as “one of the more unique cuts heard in a while” by Elevator while HotNewHipHop confirmed that it is “a unique blend of styles.” “Still Do” gained airplay on SiriusXM’s Shade 45 program The Drive and “4Fit” was selected for the “Play dat Back” section of the show. Lead single from the project “Survey Says” is an energetic track that celebrates the pride and joy of unity and self-love featuring vocals from Shanique Marie of Jamaican collective Equiknoxx. MVW was recruited by Shanique to produce, arrange and layer strings on her song “Ballad” from her latest album Gigi’s House. Wire Magazine said the stand-out track had “hard beats with beautifully creamy arrangements” and is a “sublime highlight” from the project.
Classic$ is the first hip-hop release from Michael Vincent Waller after three classical albums distributed by classical labels Unseen Worlds, Recital and XI Records. His 2019 album Moments was revered as “absolutely sparkling” (Exclaim!). Meanwhile Pitchfork raves that “every note and gesture on ‘Moments’ seems to be deeply felt and philosophically weighed before a hand touches a piano key or lifts a mallet.”
Michael’s music has filled venues including Carnegie Hall, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, Palais de Tokyo Museum, and SXSW brought to life by soloists and ensembles a la R. Andrew Lee, Stephanie Ginsburg, Dante Boon, the S.E.M. Ensemble, and Ensemble Dedalus. He collaborates with musicians and producers across multiple genres including critically-acclaimed electronic musician Jlin. In 2020 he was named “New Artist Of The Month” by Musical America Worldwide.