Black Violin — the classical-meets-hip-hop duo of Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste announce a November 1st release date for their album Take The Stairs. Their video for first single “Showoff” features a variety of athletes and influencers showing off their own impressive feats and stunts.
For 16 years, Kev and Wil have been merging string arrangements with modern beats and vocals. The two met in orchestra class at Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale, becoming classically trained on the violin and viola through their high school and college careers. Post-college, they reconvened to produce beats for South Florida rappers, and began building an audience in local clubs. They later went on to win Showtime at the Apollo in 2005, and eventually sold out headline performances at venues across the country, including a sold out two-night headline run at The Kennedy Center in 2018.
Their unique brand of merging the genre they were listening to (hip hop) with the world they were studying (classical) was celebrated with collaborations with Alicia Keys, Wu Tang Clan, 2 Chainz and others.