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.

For more inform­a­tion on Isatta please vis­it: Spo­ti­fy Ins­tagram Twit­ter

 For more inform­a­tion on Kor­alle please vis­it Spo­ti­fy Ins­tagram

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Apex Zero

Apex Zero

An emcee, beat­maker, film­maker and writer from Lon­don with Gren­adian roots, Apex Zero has spent his life learn­ing and liv­ing Hip Hop cul­ture, using it to inspire and affect change. Based in Beijing for a few years and reg­u­larly tour­ing the globe, Apex is well trav­elled, and uses the les­sons this provides to inform his art and out­look. He is a mem­ber of the Glob­al­Fac­tion digit­al pro­duc­tion house and the inter­na­tion­al Hip Hop col­lect­ive End of the Weak.

About Apex Zero

Apex Zero
An emcee, beatmaker, filmmaker and writer from London with Grenadian roots, Apex Zero has spent his life learning and living Hip Hop culture, using it to inspire and affect change. Based in Beijing for a few years and regularly touring the globe, Apex is well travelled, and uses the lessons this provides to inform his art and outlook. He is a member of the GlobalFaction digital production house and the international Hip Hop collective End of the Weak.