Santa Claus may have come and gone on his yearly journey to reward the well-behaved children of the world, yet those who found their way on the naughty list got to answer to Krampus. In the latest video of the re-worked J Dilla track, Ensemble Mik Nawooj’s “Last Donut,” bring Krampus to life in the modern era to see that the children aren’t terrified of the mythical counterpart to Mr. Claus, and is now merely a joke to what he once was. The video’s perspective is the other side of the Christmas world that isn’t in the norm for Western Civilization, and it’s otherworldly visuals and concepts tie in perfectly with Ensemble Mik Nawooj’s classical track.
Lead by classically trained Korean composer/pianist, JooWan Kim, with lyricists, Do D.A.T. and Sandman, the hip-hop orchestra are fusing the beauty that lies within hip-hop and classical music into surreal sounds; a taste of how the Bay Area group is setting the bar high for new music in 2016. The composition is more than just a foundation for rap when it comes to EMN- it’s weight and builds are as strong as the lyrical story being weaved by Do D.A.T. and Sandman’s flow that uniquely deserves praise for the overall voice. “Last Donut” acts not only as a tribute to J Dilla, but as a translation of music, and a profound love of craft of imagination that will now be called Ensemble Mik Nawooj.
“…that this is what it means to be truly American: utterly pragmatic, open to change, and innovative. This is the future of hip-hop, America’s newest great indigenous music.” – Kim