MP3: Iamsu! (Feat. Tyga) – “Hella Good”
Iamsu! and Tyga Are Feeling Hella Good On their New Single, Premiered by Stereogum
Critical Praise for Iamsu!:
Best New Artist – SPIN
“Iamsu! is gifted with melody and also emotion” – The New York Times
“…[Iamsu! is] not just an underground rap star, but an artist with emotional range” – Rolling Stone
“[Iamsu!] is making some of the catchiest and most pleasant music in all of rap right now.” – Stereogum
“Iamsu!’s confident and fluid rhymes shine.” – Complex
“[Iamsu!] asserts himself as a hip-hop tour de force with fluid, confident rhymes.” – The FADER
“…a standout in the Bay’s young, emerging pool of talent.” – HipHopDX
“[Iamsu!] is very easy to like, and…he flashes an intensity to match.” – Pitchfork
“It truly seems that Iamsu! is incapable of making a bad song.” – VICE
“[Iamsu! is] the biggest star to come from The Bay since E-40 and Too $hort.” – The Source Magazine
Iamsu! takes it to the dungeon on his new song, “Hella Good” featuring Tyga, premiered by Stereogum. The second single from Iamsu!’s new mixtape, Eyes On Me, sees the rapper/producer flexing his knack for hypnotic melodies over trunk-rattling bass. When Iamsu! gets behind the boards it’s undoubtedly a problem and “Hella Good” is the HBK General taking his bay influenced sound to its grimy and sinister extreme.
Over a sparse and luscious beat, Iamsu! spits a hypnotic hook about feeling “Hella Good” in the face of his many detractors. When talking about his new song he says, “I wanted to make something that sounds like the parties we [would] go to when we were young. They’re called functions. I wanted it to sound like something that could be played out of a cell phone on the bart train.” However, “Hella Good” is more than just another song at the function. It represents Iamsu! taking his sonic palette to the next level.
The lurching beat feels cavernous when juxtaposed against Iamsu!’s increased confidence and vocal delivery on the mic. When describing where he is at in his career Iamsu! says, “A challenging time, I’ve had some amazing high moments and some moments that made me want to give it all up. But its a test of my drive and I’m ready to takeover.” The added brashness is in full effect as Iamsu! brings the listener to his new dark and apocalyptic soundscape. Even when Tyga shows up the California rapper takes his vocal cues from the track’s leading man. “Hella Good” will definitely be a standout on Iamsu!’s Eyes On Me mixtape, which releases February 24, and upcoming tour of the same name.
Stream “Hella Good”: https://soundcloud.com/iamsu-4/iamsu-hella-good-feat-tyga-prod-by-iamsu
Read the Stereogum premiere: http://www.stereogum.com/1740091/iamsu-hella-good-feat-tyga-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/
Tour dates here: http://www.hbkiamsu.com/
The proud Richmond rapper Iamsu! has made it clear that his musical capabilities extend far beyond his beloved Bay Area. Apart from his thorough MC skills, the 25-year-old has also proved himself to be a talented producer. Furthermore, Iamsu! is a part of the popular hip hop collective, The Heartbreak Gang (aka HBK Gang), that he co-founded in 2008.
Since the start of his career, Iamsu! has sold over 100,000 albums and singles. His debut album, Sincerely Yours, was hailed one of the top hip hop albums of 2014 by Rolling Stone. Iamsu! has been featured on a number of successful singles including Sage the Geminiʼs “Gas Pedal,” LoveRanceʼs “Up,” and other notable tracks with Wiz Khalifa, Problem, Tyga, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, DJ Mustard, French Montana, Too $hort, E-40, and 2 Chainz. Due to his early successes and the continued hype around his talent, Iamsu! earned himself a spot on Wiz Khalifaʼs 22-city “Under the Influence of Music Tour” in the summer of 2014 alongside Young Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Sage the Gemini, DJ Drama and Rich Homie Quan. Wide recognition as a Bay Area powerhouse also brought Iamsu! to support G-Eazy on his “From the Bay to the Universe” tour at the end of 2014. The impressive following that has continued to back his talent has gained the young rapper performances on various national TV shows including Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Arsenio Hall Show, and The Late Show with David Letterman. This remarkable recognition has allowed Iamsu! to be featured in multiple music, fashion, and editorial outlets such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Fader, EBONY, Complex and many more. It is without doubt that the young rapper is ready to continue to make his impact on music and the culture surrounding it.
HBK Gang Background:
If you haven’t yet heard of the HBK Gang, it’s time to get acquainted. Producer and rapper Iamsu! is considered one more of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful young independent artists in rap with his hits with E-40 (“Function”), Wiz Khalifa (“Bout Me”), 2 Chainz (“Livin'”), LoveRance (“Up”), and more. Producer P-Lo (of The Invasion) has the driving force behind the West Coast’s current, radio-dominating sound; he’s produced singles for Yo Gotti (“Act Right”), Wiz Khalifa (“‘Bout Me”), and more; Sage The Gemini has been equally prolific, with the above-mentioned single, “Gas Pedal” and now “Red Nose,” which was certified gold and is charting on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The rest of the crew includes members Skip, Rossi, CJ, Jay Ant, and Kool John, who were all featured on the recently released crew mixtape, Gang Forever.
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“Hella Good”: https://soundcloud.com/iamsu-4/iamsu-hella-good-feat-tyga-prod-by-iamsu
“Nothin’ Less” (Prod. by DJ Mustard): https://soundcloud.com/iamsu-4/nothin-less-prod-by-dj-mustard
“T.W.D.Y. Behind the Scenes”: https://www.youtube.
“Stop Signs”: https://www.youtube.
“Love My Squad”: https://www.youtube.
“Only That Real”: https://soundcloud.com/thehbkgang/iamsu-only-that-real-feat-2/
“Never Goin’ Broke”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paGPMjyp-nI
“Quit Cattin'”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAFXo5JYVok
“Hipster Girls”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8emZMYkkwk
“Go Crazy” Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KP9yxahwKA
Gang Forever: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/23289/hbk-gang-gang-forever.html
“Go Crazy”: https://soundcloud.com/thehbkgang/go-crazy-iamsu-skip-p-lo-feat
“STU Freestyle”: http://youtu.be/3In8mkFo6Ug
KILT 2 Deluxe Edition: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kilt-ii-deluxe-edition/id667633453
“The Realest” Ft. Problem: https://soundcloud.com/thehbkgang/the-realest-feat-problem
“Father God”: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/iamsu-honors-his-faith-in-father-god-premiere-20130702
“Rep That Gang” Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohxFESLrT4A
KILT 2 Mixtape: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/22185/iamsu-kilt-2.html
“Rep That Gang”: https://soundcloud.com/thehbkgang/iamsu-rep-that-gang-from-kilt
“100 Grand” Video: http://www.trillhd.com/video/3242/iamsu-feat-juvenile-problem-kool-john-100-grand-remix
“Goin Up” Ft. Wiz Khalifa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bds_z1jXIJw
“Losin” Ft. CJ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiaNsDc4mNQ
“Don’t Stop”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci_1Iy7ITC4
“Mobbin” Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAnWhrjt0iE
330 Ritch Recap Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKWjTNnzEfs
“On My Mind”: http://noisey.vice.com/music-video-premieres/iamsu-on-my-mind-official-video
$uzy 6 $peed: http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/19377/iamsu-uzy-6-peed.html
“Don’t Stop”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci_1Iy7ITC4
“Mobbin’” MP3: http://www.soundcloud.com/thehbkgang/mobbin
Stoopid Mixtape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bds_z1jXIJw
KILT Deluxe Edition Mixtape: http://klp.virb.com/kilt-iamsu-karmaloop-music-deluxe-editio
“2 Milli”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFRd-p_dkjY
KILT Mixtape: http://t.opsp.in/1D4C2
“Cancelled Plans”: http://tinyurl.com/cancelledplans
“HBKJoe Beat” Ft. P-Lo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbRIpDcxOjY
The Miseducation of Iamsu!: http://t.opsp.in/17cAC
Bio, pictures and streams available here: http://www.audibletreats.com/iamsu/