Check out I2G’s exclusive interview with Issac Haze.
I2G is here with Issac Haze, how’s it going?
It’s going great. Thank you.
Tell me a little bit about how you got your start in hip hop and who are some of your musical influences.
I grew up with YoMTV-Raps and the golden-era sounds which inspired me to make my own music. My whole musical spectrum had been shaped by this era and of course by the music that was sampled at the time. The ones being most influential would be Pete Rock, Premo, Dr. Dre, Madlib and J Dilla as just some examples off my never-ending list. With that being said, I never tried to copy their styles, I simply wanted to sound unique and hopefully, it worked out 😉
Tell me a little bit about your new instrumental album Fingerprints and how it came together for you
I was producing my own stuff since 1999 but never had plans to release any of it to the public until my friends and family pushed me into doing it more seriously. So, I decided to produce the Fingerprints EP. Although I wanted to pay respect to the artitsts & producers I like, I didn’t want the tracks to sound like your typical bombap instrumental release. Every track evolves from beginning, middle to end.
Do you have any upcoming mixtapes or other albums getting ready to be release?
I’m working on the next Fingerprints episode which should drop by mid/end of the year as well as putting work into a side-project with an allied producer. We’re not sure when it will hit the streets, but hopefully this year!
Do you have any upcoming videos?
The Fingerprints Vol.1 which will drop on vinyl in a few weeks (expected: April 14th) will include a new video.
What are your current thoughts on the state of hip hop?
I really don’t want to hate, but I can’t listen to that mumble-rap stuff or all of those same-sounding trap beats. Everybody tries to be a producer nowadays and many of them are sounding the same. In my opinion, it seems like a lot of the producers try to sound like someone else and that’s why all that “type-beats” came up. That’s something I never ever would do. I always want to develop my own style, not being a copy-cat just to sell heartless sh**.
What is currently playing on your playlist musically?
If you’re asking for new stuff: new Tribe, Anderson Paak, Kehlani, J Cole, Isaiah Rashad & more. I’m still into that golden Era sound from the 90s. I love diggin’ through my crates, playing the vinyls from that time and, of course, my jazz & soul records.
What is your website information?
Current Release: http://hyperurl.co/fingerprints_vol_1
Appreciate the interview, any last words or shout outs?
Thank you for having me! Stay tuned – Fingerprints on green vinyl, hand numbered and obviously limited edition coming! (expected: April 14th)
Special thanks goes to all of the people who helped and supported me along the way in making this project happen:
My wife, my son, Pille, P, PANDA