East London musician/songwriter Iman Lake is a storyteller who blurs the line between RnB and Hip-Hop to immerse listeners in a diverse, forward thinking soundscape. Working closely with creative director Azeez Bello, Iman’s music is accompanied by a strong alternative, and sometimes abstract visual dimension. His new release is a remix of his track ‘For The Birds’. Out 10th June, the alt hip hop track sees a collab with JonnoAQ who provides the bars in the verses, to which Iman adds the melodic chorus hook and further bars (which showcase his versatility as a performer/writer).
Lyrically, the song about being done wrong in a relationship, but knowing that karma will come round to the person that has crossed you. It also speaks to the aftermath of the last year, and how the people at the top are celebrating coming out of lockdown and continue to thrive, leaving the ever-increasing underclass bereft of hope and opportunity due to a year of disappointments. It comes with equipped with an impressive monochrome music video which ads further intrigue to the darker elements of the song, as Iman explains:
“Last year we all witnessed first-hand how incompetent our so called “leaders” are. I feel like there was a lot of frustration throughout the country especially with the youth, so I really wanted to capture and channel all that frustration and energy. This song is for the generation that felt like they were fucked over by the people at the ‘top’!”
As an independent artist Iman’s ability to provoke thought and inspire awe through his music and visuals has garnered critical acclaim since his debut single ‘11:5’. His last release ‘The Answer’ gained acclaim for its music video which depicts the merging of some of society’s most prominent black individuals, posing the subtle question: do these people really have The Answers? Iman also translates the style of his evocative music into his compelling live performances, having performed in much loved London venues such as The Jazz Café and 100 Club.
His other singles ‘Neptune’ and ‘Stranger Days’ helped garner media support including No Signal Radio, Rinse FM, Reprezent Radio, New Wave Mag, and earned him a spot on the 2020 30 under 30 list with Guap Magazine. ‘Stranger Days’ was also accompanied with a physical comic book that sold out internationally 3 times and was met with a great response on social media. Iman Lake has a series of single drops planned for the rest of 2021, before closing of the year with his highly anticipated EP ‘Don’t Dream’ which will be accompanied by a short film directed by Azeez Bello.
‘For The Birds (Remix) Ft. JonnoAQ’ is out Now.
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