Today marks the release of Isaac B’s proudest work to date. Chances Ocean is a sev­en-track EP, packed with pro­found and poignant lyr­ic­al themes and rich in instru­ment­a­tion.

Draw­ing com­par­is­ons to Barney Artist, YBN Cordae & Kojey Rad­ic­al, Isaac B is most cer­tainly “left field”. Lon­don born, Flor­ida brewed, Isaac B is known for his free­style prowess. He com­bines earthy, poet­ic Hip-Hop with subtle med­it­at­ive & sul­try R&B across an eth­er­e­al son­ic back­drop. He swapped the sun-soaked city of The ‘Dale’, for the rain and rizzle of the UK cap­it­al. Isaac B adap­ted to the cap­it­al, study­ing a Bachelor’s in Music Tech­no­logy and a Mas­ters in Music Man­age­ment before con­tinu­ing his cre­at­ive endeavors.

He quickly immersed him­self in the loc­al MC live-scene, earn­ing him­self a respec­ted repu­ta­tion, with a com­mit­ted, ever grow­ing fol­low­ing, along­side his col­lect­ive, AndWhat?LDN. Host­ing some of the most music­ally diverse, eclect­ic late nights, and the most riot­ous, lyr­ic­ally charged monthly cyphers, Isaac B, acts as a key play­er with­in the growth of Lon­don’s under­ground, live Hip-Hop scene.

The first track on Chances Ocean is ‘Love Yourz’, a song with an upbeat mes­sage of being sat­is­fied with what you’ve earned in life, rather than becom­ing bit­ter by focus­ing on the luck and suc­cess of oth­ers. The open­ing num­ber sees Isaac B delib­er­at­ing on his life, con­clud­ing how life seems bet­ter if you believe in your­self and strive for a hap­pi­er exist­ence.

‘Oceans & Chances’, is a song that pin-points the pre­cise moment tim­ing meets a golden oppor­tun­ity. Isaac B explores the issues facing an indi­vidu­al dur­ing that moment and the break-neck-speed decision-mak­ing pro­cess that goes with such an incid­ent.  The free-styl­ing wiz­ard makes full use of his racon­teur skills on Oceans & Chances, using the title as an exten­ded meta­phor for risk, determ­in­a­tion and suc­cess by com­par­ing the chase of an oppor­tun­ity to that of the ocean tide; some­times if you risk too much you may be swept out to sea, more prudent and cal­cu­lated indi­vidu­als land com­fort­ably back to the safety of the sea-shore.

‘Did You’ fur­ther dives into the artist eclecticism, close to being a AfroBeats num­ber, a dance­able track but yet still con­sciously touch­ing on the good dying young and Isaac B want­ing to get a Grammy for his late Grandma.

Nev­er one to shy away from the deep­er issues facing the pub­lic, Isaac B tackles some of the more com­plex ques­tions humans face as they begin adult life in the third track: ‘High­er Power’. The song sees the rap­per con­tem­plat­ing the poten­tial high­er, divine powers that may be at work and debat­ing with him­self if there is a reas­on­ing behind every event that hap­pens.

‘I’m Here’ pays homage to lyr­i­cists that paved the way in Hip-Hop, whilst also express­ing an aggress­ive zero-tol­er­ance for “whack emcees” stat­ing he “will cru­ci­fy your name the same way that you cru­ci­fied the game”. With not so subtle disses to Hip-Hop pop super­star, Lil Uzi Vert, through­out the chor­us, we are blessed with an infec­tious hook. Isaac B shines a light on hav­ing aware­ness of the restric­tions and self doubt imposed by an over-sat­ur­ated industry. He con­tem­plates ideas of betray­al by those con­sidered com­rades, mis­placed com­pet­i­tion, and a sense of dis­be­lief, so deep rooted in an industry that has become far removed from the cul­ture and true pur­pose of this expres­sion.

Pen­ul­tim­ate track — ‘Lean’ — is a con­fid­ent track address­ing Isaac B’s increas­ing but humbled ego as he makes strides into his career. Lean is a song that describes the buoy­ant feel­ing of unapo­lo­get­ic­ally enjoy­ing the new-found respect oth­ers have for you. Show­ing no signs of slow­ing down, Isaac wants to make it clear he wants more and will only leave the build­ing as the vic­tor.

Clos­ing num­ber, ‘Yourz Truly’ is Isaac B’s sig­na­ture send-off song high­light­ing his main mes­sage, his unequi­voc­al pas­sion for music and those who he con­nects with through his music.  Rep­res­ent­ing Unity, Peace and exud­ing high­er vibra­tions, spread­ing love. Yourz Truly also explains the young musician’s trep­id­a­tion and cau­tion of diving head-first into an uncom­prom­ising industry as well as the tempta­tion and allur­ing pro­spect of a sleazy ‘Hol­ly­wood’ envir­on­ment and men­tal­ity.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.