I2G is here with Izzy Strange, how’s it going?
Tell me a little bit about how you got your start in Hip Hop and who are some of your musical influences.
I’ve been listening to Hip Hop for as long as I can remember. I listened to Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg and 2Pac. Whatever my uncles would be listening to at the time. Eventually, I heard about some local kids that were getting in to rapping. I was always in to writing as just a form of expression so it was just natural to try it myself. My biggest influences are 2pac, Eminem, Atmosphere and The Beatles.
You recently dropped your new album, “A Good Day 2 B The Bad Guy”. Tell me a little bit about why that name for the album and how the album came together for you.
I feel like people who don’t do the normal thing – like go to college, get a job and start a family – are looked down upon. Dreams aren’t real to most people. I am a dreamer, an outcast so to speak. The title is driven off that thought process. It’s A Good Day 2 B A Dreamer kinda thing.
The album was a two year long process that shifted shapes many times, eventually coming into what it is today. I wanted to work with artists i admired and tell the word a little bit about myself. I was able to accomplish my goals.
Any good studio stories or memories in the creative process of the album that you would like to share?
When I was doing “Dinner With My Enemies”, I flew to LA to work with the homie Nate Fox. We stayed in the studio 3 days straight, night and day. We thinned out the tracks, added live instruments, mixed and mastered. By the time I left in that short amount of time, the project was pretty much done.
Do you have any more upcoming videos?
Yes, I’m actually about drop a new video for “No Commercials” this week. I can say you can expect at least 3 more videos but i’d like to keep the details under wraps on those until their ready.
What are your current thoughts on the state of hip hop?
I think it’s getting back on track. People like Kendrick, J. Cole and Chance. I think they’re helping bring substance back to Hip Hop in the mainstream.
What is currently playing on your playlist musically?
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Kendrick Lamar – Damn
And a bunch of obscure Jazz.
Do you have any shows or tour dates?
Tour just ended a few days ago. I’m gonna take some time to put in some ground work promoting this album and shoot video. Then I’ll get back to doing shows mid-summer.
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Appreciate the interview, any last words or shout outs?
No doubt. Appreciate it as well. Just want to thank anyone who’s reading this and has checked out the new project. Everyone’s support is much appreciated!