From Fontana, CA we have a member of the rap collective Badgenre, introducing iismaill and his new song “Motions”.
“Motions” hits you a certain way, with an opening that sets a chill vibe, the listener is almost taken to the east of LA city of Fontana. iismaill’s vocals are soft and gentle, while also to the point. The melodies in this track are super smart and easy to pick up on. Lyrically, it also isn’t hard to catch onto what’s happening. Seems like the artist is struggling with a love interest that is holding onto the past.
The chorus hits in a way that reminds you of Drake’s “One Dance”, but also feels like something you haven’t heard before. The production is hopeful and shows room for improvement, but also gets the point across and speaks to the collaborating efforts of their collective. By the end of the song, you are certainly curious who iismaill is and you want to learn more.
iismaill is 24 years old and is the first of his family to be a singer. He has been playing/ singing since the ripe age of 13 and has not slowed down. Before making his streaming service debut, iismaill has spent 2.5 years experimenting on SoundCloud while figuring out his sonic venture and it seems like he is now onto something. Definitely check out iismaill and his new song “Motions” now and share it with your friends.
Listen to "Motions" here.
Thank you iismaill for taking the time to chat with us at Buzz Music! What has it been like growing up in the Fontana area of California? Do you find yourself utilizing the industry in Los Angeles, being so close?
Thank you, guys! It’s been a long but very eventful journey. I wouldn’t be half the man I am today if it weren’t for the things that I went through and saw/heard happen while living here or the IE in general. It’s most definitely shaped the way I am as an artist in a way as well. I do find myself in LA repeatedly, whether it be for a studio session, radio show, networking event, or even just to hang out and chill. The only downside as anybody will say, is the traffic on the commute.
What made you and your friends want to start a collective? Where did the influence come from?
So “Badgenre” started off as an idea from the collective’s manager, Reno Ludwiga. He came up with the name way back, and when he realized that some of his friends and his brother were musically gifted, it kind of just evolved into a collective. The influence was essentially just a couple of guys who loved making music, put together, but still having their own individual identity. The group consists of myself, Regi Levi, Waqqas, Cully Seville, DJ Madrid, & Reno.
Seems like you are starting a clothing line! What will the vibe be for it?
I am! The vibe for it will depend on the seasons obviously, but my focus is streetwear. Something that looks dope, but also very comfy at the same time. Hoodies, long-sleeve shirts, crewneck sweaters, t-shirts, beanies, and hats are my main focus for now. The graphics on them will be associated with my music, such as quotes from my songs or simply my logo. EP titles and song titles will also be printed on them as well. The plan is to put out my first batch of merch in 2020.
Would you say that’s Drake is a prominent influence on what you’re doing?
I wouldn’t say prominent influence, but I will say he does have certain attributes musically that I embody in a sense. I grew up listening to Drake, and he definitely developed his own sound, which I heavily admire. After all, what’s an artist without his/her own unique take on their craft?
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why?
At the moment, it would have to be a major tie between Chris Brown, J.Cole, Drake, Tory Lanez, 6LACK, Travis Scott, Russ, and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie. I simply can’t just pick one artist, because I absolutely love all of their music and their sounds. They all sound very unique, and definitely have their own flavor.