Typically when I get excited about an unsigned artist I tend to compare them to an established artist so that there's a sense of familiarity. In the case with Clever, I have been unable to do that. He's in his own lane. In addition to creating music that has taken a step back from the current status quo of Hip Hop, Clever , like Eturnal of Portsmouth, is an ambitious businessman that understands just recording good music wont cut it; there are additional components to becoming a successful artist. He has his own website, he has shot professional videos, and is the founder of Makin It Happen Ent. Check out the excerpt below from Clever's personal website http://www.clever757.com/ :
Some of Clever’s influences are Canibus, Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony, Wu-Tang Clan, Tribe Called Quest, Da Brat, Outkast, Biggie, Jay-z, and NAS just to name a few. You can say by being an 80’s baby, during the crack era, Clever was heavily influenced by these artists during the 90’s Hip Hop era."
The musical influences are apparent in his music. Listen to his Started From the Bottom freestyle:
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