premiere: ikey, 'return of king jaffe'

Press play on the newcomer's new track.

by i-D Staff
08 May 2015, 7:07pm

Produced by Sparks, we fell instantly in love upon first listen of newcomer Ikey's Return Of King Jaffe. "I'm really just flexing on the record," says the Criminal Justice graduate of the compelling track that has echoes of a J.Cole with an African twist. Is this a track dedication to James Earl Jones in Coming To America? "It's kinda dedicated to James Earl Jones," he laughs. "I used to rock a dope fur hat back in the day that kinda looked like the hat James Earl Jones wore in Coming to America. Since I'm African, people used to call me King Jaffe. I dropped a project Coming to America back in the day too so the joke just stuck. James Earl Jones is definitely the Gawd tho." Check Ikey's Green Card EP here but before that, press play and enjoy some very some royal rhymes...

Who is Ikey?
I'm just a dope young artist straight outta Washington D.C. who has spent a good part of his life in Lagos, Nigeria.

What is Ikey?
I'm just trying to tell the story of first generation Americans in a right way. Basically bridging my cultural experiences in the U.S. and Africa.

Why is Ikey?
I make music because I feel like I have a story to tell that people aren't familiar with. I'm making music from the perspective of a first generation Nigerian American and I feel like my music is something everyone can relate to. Some of my music influences are Biggie, Elton John, Fela Kuti, Portishead, Lagbaja and Kanye.

When is Ikey?
I just dropped my EP, Green Card, last month so we're still pushing that. Currently finalizing some shows for the summer and just creating some new music with the homies.

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