Ikey – Green Card
Following a strong series of single and video releases, Maryland via Lagos rapper Ikey has released his long-awaited Green Card EP. The project premiered via Complex, who said that Ikey “shows off his strong and deliberate flow that he balances with meaningful lyrics that when combined truly makes him a name to watch in hip-hop.” Ikey’s single “Story, Story” premiered last week via HipHopWired, who said the track “is triumphant in tone, with Ikey using situations of struggle and despair as a means to motivate himself and listeners to be greater,” adding, “This here is that feel good, stick to your ribs music.”
Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
Green Card is a collection of music shaped by the myriad of experiences, both locally and abroad, that molded Ikey into the man he is today. In singles like “Timbuktu” and “Olodo,” Ikey weaves tales of multiple jobs and being called an “olodo” (Yoruba slang term for dummy) for pursuing a rap career. The songs are seamlessly interwoven with confident, metaphor-driven rhymes over production inspired by Fela Kuti, DJ Premier and other musicians influential to Ikey. “I grew up in Nigeria during a time of social and political turmoil,” he explains. “I actually lived in Lagos during the last military regime, and my experiences from that time greatly influence the stories I tell. Nigerian music from artists like Fela Kuti, Oliver de Coque, Osadebe, and music from French World Music group Deep Forest that my dad played during that time inspired me musically.”
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