KLOKWIZE is an American hip-hop artist known for his singles on national television (ESPN's 'First Take', The X-Games), feature films ('Rising Star', available on Amazon Prime) and radio (SHADE 45, CBS Radio). Klok is a viral favorite of many sports fans for his popular 'First Take Freestyle' video segment on ESPN's YouTube channel. He is a 3-time CTMA nominee and won 'Best Music Video' at the 2017 LA Film and Script Festival in Hollywood CA for his video 'Up Down' with Angela Luna.
Blending modern pop and hip hop aesthetics, the rapper/singer (born Patrick O'Sullivan in Hartford, Conn.) and his namesake live band have been seen across the US including dates on Vans Warped Tour, SXSW, Foxwoods Casino, Toad's Place, Club Rubicon Las Vegas, and New York City's club circuit including The Bitter End, The Delancey, Fontana's, Black Bear and Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
He has shared the stage with music stars such as Tyga, Fat Joe, DJ Quik, Tha Dogg Pound, Obie Trice, Doug E Fresh, AMG, Suga Free, King Chip, Cormega, Pacewon, Murda Mook, Black Rob, The Sugarhill Gang, Living Colour, Hed (pe), Rehab, 2 Pistols, Fear Nuttin' Band, The Alchemystics, Roots of Creation and more. His latest album 'PERMISSION TO LAND' features production by DJ QUIK, UNCLE DAVE (Bruno Mars '24K Magic') and RESOURCE DAVINCI (Rae Sremmurd) and was released October 2017.
HISTORY Summer 2012 saw the release of the Klokwize debut full-length HOOD HIPPIE: THE ALBUM. The LP was an instant breakout with critics, radio and listeners alike. RapReviews.com hailed its sound as 'A Tribe Called Quest meets Sublime meets Shwayze, led by a gravelly voiced emcee' while SUPA Reviews noted its 'introspective storytelling.' Fresh Ent Mag proclaimed, 'the best way to say this is that Klokwize and the band will be stars.'
HOOD HIPPIE: THE ALBUM went on to be one of the most critically-acclaimed independent albums of the year nationally, landing on many year-end best lists including 'Top 10 Albums of 2012' - Adam Bernard , RapReviews.com, 'Top 18 Albums of 2012' - Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez, Local Band Review, 'Top 23 Favorite Albums of 2012' - Chip McCabe, CT.com, and 'Top 10 Singles of 2012' ('Round & Round) - Scott Gargan , Culture Cache.
Klok followed up 2 years of touring with the release of his sophomore album THE ART OF FALLING APART in April 2014. Noted The Trendaholic, 'The Art of Falling Apart is heartfelt vibe music...with Klok's crooner appeal as a vocalist, I'd say you've got something special.' Adam's World Blog added: 'Klokwize has figured out the magic formula for how to make a hip-hop band work.' StraightFresh.net declared 'The genre-blending, relatable, and just plain dope music is well worth everyone’s time in checking out.'
Klok spent two years in Los Angeles, CA recording his latest album PERMISSION TO LAND with his hip-hop heroes, like legendary producer DJ QUIK (on 'A Little Respect'), Bruno Mars '24K Magic' producer UNCLE DAVE FOREMAN (on single 'Alarms' and more), Rae Sremmurd producer RESOURCE DAVINCI (on 'King of Moving On') and fellow CT native ANT QUINT (on 'Sunshine' and more).
Guest features from west coast hip-hop luminaries SUGA FREE, SHY CARTER, JP CALI SMOOV and 2Pac hooksmith BO-ROC round out the album's homage to all things funky.
PERMISSION TO LAND hit streaming outlets everywhere 10-5-17 preceded by the single 'Alarms', heard now on CBS Radio HOT-brand stations.