MP3: Ikey – “Story, Story”
Preparing For the April 7 Release of His Green Card EP, the Nigerian-American Artist Drops Triumphant Single, Premiered By HipHopWired
Critical Praise for Ikey:
“His delivery is cool and calm with a bite… Ikey takes this shit to the next level.” – Pigeons & Planes
“…continuing to impress hip-hop fans all over the globe with his melodic and confident flow.” – Okayplayer
“A bubbling MC you should definitely keep an ear open for” – HipHopWired
In anticipation for the April 7 release of his debut project, The Green Card EP, Maryland via Lagos rapper Ikey dropped his final cut from the project, “Story, Story,” yesterday 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.”
On “Story, Story,” a hypnotic piano sample loop lurks throughout much of the 64 bar onslaught from Ikey, whose vocals are embellished by a variation of effects including a speakerphone filter. The song’s opening bars re-capture those of Ikey’s previous single release, “When We Were Kings,” which Pigeons & Planes said “represents his culture lyrically and sonically.” “I grew up in Nigeria during a time of social and political turmoil,” Ikey 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.”
“My job as an artist is to always show my appreciation, represent our story properly and do whatever it takes to make sure we all achieve that American Dream,” Ikey told Okayafrica in an interview feature about his Nigerian roots and how his experiences have influenced his highly anticipated forthcoming project.Okayplayer said in their premiere of his single “Lord” that Ikey “is continuing to impress hip-hop fans all over the globe with his melodic and confident flow.” His debut EP, Green Card, is slated to release April 7.
Listen to “Story, Story”: https://soundcloud.com/any-means-necessary/story-story/s-nrB8R
Check out the HipHopWired premiere: http://hiphopwired.com/2015/04/02/premiere-ikey-drops-soul-stirring-track-story-story-listen/
For Ikey, it’s all about the story. Born in New York, with roots in both Spanish Harlem and Lagos, Nigeria, Ike Obioha connected with music at an early age. The diverse palette of his father’s music collection painted a musical canvas that pays homage to everything from Elton John and Journey to the Neville Brothers and Igbo Nigerian highlife singer Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe.
Ikey’s unique, 1.5 generation immigrant experience influenced both the subject matter and creation of his music. Despite pressure to embark upon a more scholarly career, Ikey would ultimately find himself opening for the likes of Big Sean and have his music covered in the Washington City Paper. He balances his penchant for music representing all aspects of the human experience over tracks representative of hip-hop’s golden era while maintaining his unique Nigerian-American identity. “I’m just a young kid straight out of Lagos,” Ikey says. “When I see people like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie being sampled on Beyonce records, it makes me feel people want that true African story. I just feel there are a lot of Nigerian-Americans trying to tell that story, and I’m trying to tell it the right way.”
“Story, Story”: https://soundcloud.com/any-means-necessary/story-story/s-nrB8
“Lord” (ft. Kami de Chukwu): https://soundcloud.com/any-means-necessary/lord-feat-kami-de-chukwu/
Bio, photos, and more info on Ikey: http://audibletreats.com/ikey