Lil Kleine

Lil Kleine
Release date
01 January 1970
Lil Kleine
01 January 1970 |

Jorik Scholten, known professionally as Lil’ Kleine, is a Dutch musician and actor. He collaborated with fellow rapper Ronnie Flex to produce the number one single “Drank & Drugs” and the number one album WOP!.

Lil Kleine was signed with talent agencies at an early age and made his acting debut in the 2005 film Diep. After befriending rapper Lange Frans, he began performing with Lange Frans’ band D-Men on-stage. In 2012, he adopted the stage name “Lil’ Kleine” and released his first EP, “Tuig van de Richel”. The following year, the song “Zo Verdomd Alleen”, which he recorded with Danny de Munk, reached the Single Top 100.

After signing with hip-hop label TopNotch in 2013, he collaborated with fellow rapper Ronnie Flex to produce the single “Drank & Drugs”, a song about alcohol, drugs and sex, which reached number one on the Single Top 100 (and as of November 2017 is the most recent Dutch language song to do so) and was certified double platinum. “Drank & Drugs” won the 3FM Award for Best Single in March 2016.

In February 2016, Lil’ Kleine released his debut album WOP!. In the album’s first week, all eleven of its tracks ranked within the top 35 of the Single Top 100 and the album reached number 1 on the Album Top 100 – it is the first hip hop/rap album in the Netherlands to accomplish these feats. WOP! also became the most-streamed new album on Spotify in Dutch history, being streamed over 1.5 million times during the 24 hours after its release, beating the previous record holder, Justin Bieber’s Purpose. Also in its first week, all of the album’s tracks ranked within Spotify’s Netherlands Top 50, with singles “Niet Omdat Het Moet” and “1, 2, 3” (both featuring Ronnie Flex) at numbers 1 and 2 respectively. “Niet Omdat Het Moet” received over half a million views on YouTube during its first few days, being the most viewed YouTube video in the Netherlands at the time.

Lil’ Kleine’s second album, Alleen, was released in May 2017. All eleven of its tracks reached Spotify’s Netherlands Top 25, with songs “Krantenwijk” (featuring Boef) and “Alleen” at numbers 1 and 2 respectively. Collectively, Lil’ Kleine’s songs were streamed by 1.84 million listeners on Spotify during the month preceding the album’s release – the first time an individual Dutch artist’s music was streamed by that many listeners in the space of a month.

In 2018, Lil’ Kleine became a coach on the ninth season of The Voice of Holland.