East London rapper Isatta Sheriff has releases her highly anticipated EP, ‘Eat The Kiwi Skin’ . The project sees Isatta reunite with Italian musician, beat maker, and friend Koralle (real name Lorenzo Nada). The EP builds on the recent success of their acclaimed song, ‘Laid Back’ , adding to their signature sound of mellow, Jazzy beats infused with captivating, intelligent lyricism. With some top tier features, including Awate, Mercy’s Cartel and Lex Amour, this style is embodied throughout on tracks such as ‘Dream Theory’ featuring rising star Shumba Youth and, most significantly on ‘Will They Try’. The track discusses head-on the exploitation of Black female rappers within Hip Hop with Isatta exploring the racial politics and misogynoir connected to this.
Through her purposeful lyrics which Isatta has become renowned for, we witness her poetically reflect on her battles to get to this point in her musical career. Produced by Koralle the soul-filled production combines elements of Jazz and Hip Hop, with the saxophone colliding perfectly with her lyrics to allow the story to unfold.
In Isatta’s own words:
“This is the most important track on the EP as it addresses the exploitation of Black women in hip hop, and the exploration of hip hop in general. We have started to talk about the countless Black female singers and songwriters in Dance and Hip Hop music who go uncredited in the U.K, and I wanted to extend the conversation with Black female rappers and explore the racial politics and misogynoir connected to this. People often ask the same questions regarding women’s position in Hip Hop, and I ask ‘will they try to understand’ the full scope of the problem and then DO something, because the conversation is stuck and needs to progress.”
The rising rapper rose to prominence due to her profound and conscious lyricism which remains at the heart of everything she does. With a rich discography that started in 2016, Isatta is not one to shy away from collaboration having worked with the likes of; Flying Lotus and Oddisee over the years. A multi-faceted individual with a master’s degree in music business, Isatta runs her own label (Doctored Sound) alongside working as an artist development and music consultant for the likes of The Rap Game UK. Adding to this, Isatta worked as a teacher for years and used her passion for music and education to mastermind ‘The Miseducation of the insta-generation’, an initiative that aims to inspire and develop inner-city musical talent. The project has gone on to have been championed by Kenny AllStar, Charlie Sloth and Clash Magazine amongst others.
Koralle has become renowned for his golden era, Jazz layered production and if he’s not adding to his extensive record collection he is sampling records and making soulful Hip Hop from dusk till dawn. With 5 releases this year and more projects in the making, Koralle has become an in-demand beat maker who approaches his craft with love and devotion. Having collaborated with the likes of Houston rapper Anti Lilly and South London Jazz-Rap group Summers Sons, he has become a mainstay in the scene and this collaboration with Isatta is proof of why.
Easily one of the hardest working people in the scene, Isatta is always focused on self-improvement and has an unwavering devotion to her craft, lacing rhymes with humour and remaining remarkably consistent. The forthcoming project ‘Eat The Kiwi Skin’ is a Rap-heavy project with Isatta making music on her own terms and speaking freely on subjects that are close to her heart. Following up the first two singles with this thought-provoking third release, she has set the tone for what is to come on this project and beyond.
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