Lil Kleine, stage name of Jorik Scholten (1994), starts acting, dancing and rapping when he’s only 8 years old. His talent is noticed early on by rapper Lange Frans who takes him under his wing and advises him on both business and creative matters to this day, and with great success, too! He takes on roles and bit parts in several movies and series, appearing in the movie ‘Diep’, the television series ‘Van Speijk’, the drama series ‘Van God Los’ and he performs a cameo on the title track of the youth movie ‘de Groeten van Mike‘. Lil Kleine’s career gains momentum when he appears on an episode of the TV show “Ali B op volle toeren”. Rapper Ali B hooks him up with singer Danny de Munk. With Eric van Tijn taking on producer duties, they record a new version of ‘Tuig van de Richel‘ which goes on to hit the top spot of the Dutch iTunes charts.
Lil Kleine eagerly mines the full potential of hip hop: underneath the tough stance, he’s not afraid to lay bare his heart and soul and to show his emotions. The rapper’s output is typified by his characteristic Amsterdam accent, with which he voices lyrics that can be very outspoken at times.
Lil Kleine’s debut album, WOP, achieved platinum status by the end of April! A lot of hard work has gone into its production, with the help of Ronnie Flex and Jack $hirak, who produced Drank & Drugs. In addition to Ronnie Flex, WOP also features SFB rapper Frenna. One of the songs on WOP went viral one day before release: ‘Niet Omdat Het Moet‘, featuring a rather exceptional video! In Spring, Lil Kleine’s Topdown Tour went on to translate the album to all the major Dutch pop venues.