@TheRReport1 Exclusive Interview with @Issaiam

By on May 24, 2017
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The ever evolving art form of Hip Hop has never been more diverse than where we find it in today’s musical landscape. From auto tuned trappers to storytelling lyricists… from turn up to conscious, the culture is widely represented. 21 year old, DC native Issa, is primed to join the diverse class of new wave MCs, and introduce you to his brand of Hip Hop.

Issa was introduced to music at an early age by his step father, who he calls “dad”, an aspiring rapper from the Bronx, NY. At just nine years old, Issa would follow his dad’s path and begin honing his rap skills with impromptu living room concerts, performing songs that his dad had penned. The response from his family was pure shock. His delivery and ability to memorize his lines was beyond his years. They immediately realized that this nine year old had the potential to be a star. As he matured, Issa began cultivating his own sound and writing his own rhymes, with artists like DMXLil WayneJay-Z and Bob Marley serving as his inspiration. Spending summers with his biological father’s family in their native Kingston Jamaica would opened him up culturally to a much larger world. After shifting around the D.C. area with his family, Issa’s life would get a new backdrop when they decided to pick up and make Atlanta their new home.

Soon after the move, driven by his passion and love of music, his pursuit of a full-time rap career began at just 14 years old. Garnering attention from the local Atlanta music scene, Issa quickly became a fan favorite in the community, especially with the high school girls. At just 16 he became the father of a beautiful daughter. With strong male role models in his life, Issa understood that it was time to man up. His daughter, an unplanned blessing, would motivated and pushed him to go harder for his new family. That motivation inspired a new level of maturity that would help him focus and redirect his brand in the following years, taking his music to new heights. Issa’s sound strikes a balance between street and back pack rap, remaining youthful, but still wise beyond his years, or as AllHopHop.com defined it, “Trap Conscious”.

To kick off 2016, Issa released new music in the form of a 4-song EP titled ‘This Winter’ which featured stand out tracks like “Only God”“The Come Up” produced by Go Grizzly, and his current single, the Cassius Jay produced “Next One”. He also, debuted his Sample Sunday’s campaign this past January, showcasing his diverse ear for music as he raps over sample driven tracks inspired by the likes of Eryka BaduCommon and others. At just 21 years old, Issa, now a father of 2, finds himself 12 years removed from rocking concerts in his living room, and is ready to take his sound into living rooms across the world, one house hold at a time.

 

1) You came from a musician family. Who were some of your biggest influences as you begin to grow into the music game?

 I have to say as a kid DMX was my hero. As I grew it became Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Nas.
2) I see that you were a model signed to a major modeling company when you was younger. What made you wanted to transition into becoming a musician?
Modeling wasn’t something I chose to do. I was like 5 when I started. Someone scouted me in the streets of NYC and my Mom would bring me back and forth from DC to NYC weekly to mode,l for Wilhelmina. As I got older it wasn’t something I wanted to do. Music is what I was born to do it’s in my soul. But, lately, I have thought about modeling again because it could help promote me as an artist as well.
3) Being an independent artist, do you think it’s best to remain independent or get that major label push behind you.
If I could remain Independent and tour, win a few Grammy’s and have a successful career I would love to stay independent. It’s so much better to be your own boss and own your own music.
4) What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently planing on taking my time reintroducing myself. I have a viral project called “Catch 22”. “Catch 22” is a series of 1-minute viral visuals shot by the best upcoming videographers in Atlanta. I will release these videos over the course of the next 3 months. In between the viral visuals, I will be releasing 3 singles produced by Grizz. This will lead into a Fall tour.
5) I know you have done features with Gucci Mane, and Lil Chuckee. If you could work with any mainstream artist right now, who would it be, and why?
I would have to say, Drake or Kendrick. Those are the best artist in the game right now and I feel I could kill a track with either of them.
6) With the rap game steady changing every so often, how do you feel about the state of hip-hop right with artists like Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Yachty steady getting bashed about their music?
I feel there is an audience for everyone.
7) What can we expect next from Issa?
Big things to come just stay tuned…….
8) The R Report Magazine would like to think you for taking time out of your busy schedule to conduct this interview. Are there any last comments that you would like to make?
Thank you for your time.