Ikey is headed your way, full steam ahead. The Maryland by way of Nigeria by way of Harlem MC as already gotten much love over at Okayafrica , and is continuing to impress hip-hop fans all over the globe with his melodic and confident flow. That flow is what impresses most on his brand new single, “Lord,” which Okayplayer is very happy to debut here. Its Marc Andre beat is hard and heavenly, and Ikey stays soulful as he stunts, dropping high-syllable-traffic verses that show thanks for fine things like crisp clothes, sunshine and a beautiful woman.
It’s a track in which production and rhyme scheme go entirely hand-in-hand. Vocal chops from Andre begin to sound like church chants as the beat keeps pounding, and Ikey finds just the right places to insert rhythmically-dense vocal work. “The song just gives me grand and heavenly vibes, but its stuntastic too,” Ikey told Okayplayer. “When I heard the vocal samples on the song, it reminded of me of going to church on sunday to give thanks when I was growing up. I found a dope way to talk about things I’m thankful and still keep it raw.”
If you like the sound of all of this, check out other offerings from Ikey including the fiendish cut “Timbuktu.” “Lord” will appear on the MC’s upcoming Green Card EP, which is set to drop on March 31st. Stream the premiere below and be on the lookout for more from this deacon of the DMV.