Ivan Ives is a new breed of rapper. Mixing golden-era style beats with synthesizers and innovative song concepts with a skin-tight flow, he brings his truth to the mic with fervor and precision.
Originally splashing onto the scene in late 2007, Ives has manifested a name for himself by garnering multitudes of press and guest appearances. Rolling Stone named him one of the next 40 artists to watch. SPIN named him one of 8 artists you should know about. URB put him in their coveted Next 1000 and CMJ gave him in an artist spotlight. XXL/Scratch said, " don't let his indie rocker persona fool you , this guy can spit." The list goes on. Ives' global clout is further solidified by the co-signers on many of his tracks: The Cool Kids, Black Milk, Tre Hardson (Pharcyde), Percee P, Oh No, Cappadonna (Wu-Tang), O.C. (DITC), 2Mex (Visionaries), Vast Aire (Can Ox), and Fresh The Hitman his main producer.
Ives's facility with his chosen musical form should come as no surprise considering his immersion over the years in the Wu-Tang Clan, D.I.T.C., and Big L. His professed influences are so inclusive, however, that they extend from the Delfonics, Kraftwerk, and Jefferson Starship to Arvo Part, Bela Bartok, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The last one is a clue to what IS surprising about Ives , he was born in Russia. But you'd never know it from listening to his records (or conversing with him); he sounds like a native of Los Angeles, where he's lived most of his life.
Ivan Ives has racked up over a million streams online of his music and 300,000+ YouTube hits of his videos since 2008 independently. A strong, loyal fan base has allowed him to complete over 10 tours throughout North America and release over a dozen albums, EPs, and mixtapes.
This is just the beginning.
Ivan Ives - Vocals
Fresh The Hitman - Beats
DJ Duel - Cuts / Turntables
Steven Felix - Live Drums
FIRST OF THE MONTH (2011)
CHEAP ROCK SURPRISE MIXTAPE (2011)
EAT PORK AND CRY MIXTAPE (2009)
ICONS LAST REMIX ALBUM (2008)
JUICE TO GET LOOSE TO (2008)
EAT POP AND DIE MIXTAPE (2008)
THE I.V. LEAGUE PROJECT (2007)
THE PRELUDE EP (2007)
THE LA HEAT EP (2007)
DEUS EX MACHINA (2006)
Ivan Ives is a member of ASCAP through his label No Threshold Records (ASCAP).
All The Love That I Wasted
All My Life
Victory (feat Vast Aire)
Time For Juice (feat Fresh)
Someone To Turn To
All The Love That I Wasted (CAKEFACE)
Ivan Ives track Featured on "PORTLANDIA"
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*** Ivan Ives - "California" SINGLE - Available on iTunes & AmazonMP3 Official Music Video. The seco...*** Ivan Ives - "California" SINGLE - Available on iTunes & AmazonMP3 Official Music Video. The second single off of Ivan Ives' "First Of The Month" project - in which he will release a new single on the first of every month for the duration of 2010. The entire video was made using a variety of 3D and compositing techniques. **AS HEARD ON PORTLANDIA 2012 - SEASON 2 EPISODE 1** Directed by James Elder. The track was produced by Fresh The Hitman, and written/performed by Ivan Ives. Copyright 2010 No Threshold Records (ASCAP) Additional Photography by Michael Norquest.
Rolling Stone Next 40 Artists
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Ivan Ives selected as one of the next 40 artists to watch for Rolling Stone 40 year anniversary. ...Ivan Ives selected as one of the next 40 artists to watch for Rolling Stone 40 year anniversary.
Ivan Ives' "Victory" MP3 distributed on iTunes via a code that came with copies of the magazine. 1.9 Million codes were generated.
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URB Next 1000
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Although Ivan Ives got roots in mother Russia, don't expect this dude to mostly spit raps about the ...Although Ivan Ives got roots in mother Russia, don't expect this dude to mostly spit raps about the former hammer and sickle country. Oh and don't take this guy lightly either. He's got rhymes that hammer and sickle the ears and then stamps a red star on the brain. "The White Russian, ain't a bitch drink, tight percussion, plus I make these kids think," spits the LA native on his track with Wu member Cappadonna on "Honor." Much like fellow Russian and current Pride Fighting champ Fedor Emelianenko, Ives' got the all lyrical skill and ability to become a microphone champion.
Rollin' With Ivan Ives
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It's late afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles and Iâ€™m high atop a bridge. To my left is a local YMCA...It's late afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles and Iâ€™m high atop a bridge. To my left is a local YMCA and to my right is the Bonaventure hotel, a monstrosity of a building that holds a salon, a gym and a variety of worldly cuisine. Itâ€™s also known as the setting for the infamous horse vs. motorcycle chase sequence from the film True Lies. Iâ€™m reminded of that by L.A. MC Ivan Ives, a fan of the film whoâ€”like the Governatorâ€”was a product of European shores, but now makes the Golden State his official home. Before I accompany him on a Bonaventure business excursion of DIY-ness (a meeting with a shop employee to discuss plans to sell several of his records in the store) Iâ€™m stopped by Ives' question on the bridge.
â€œWhat would happen if the bridge just collapsed,â€ he asks me. Iâ€™m clueless as to what to say in return. Sure enough, itâ€™s met with a smile on his face. Joke or not, fear of the unknown is often a prevalent thing. And with artists itâ€™s only increased tenfold as the pressures to rise from unknown obscurity to that of superstar status can be slim to none. In the case of rap music, it really is the only thing, as millions of up incoming rappers like Ives trying to make it when only one or maybe even two artists (arguably Jay-Z and/or Nas) can really be considered to be the greatest.
Itâ€™s only when I have my official interview with Ives that I ask him what are some of his general fears as a person and as a rapper. He responds rather conciselyâ€”â€œMy only fear is failing myself.â€
Born in Mother Russia, the travels of a young Ives from the cold haze of the former U.S.S.R to the warmth of the L.A. heat can be summed up in its entirety by one lyrical line: I moved from the U.S.S.R. to the USA/ NYC to be exact yo, da BK/ grew up ill then moved to L.A., thus Iâ€™m moâ€™ ilLA. In what's described by him as a â€œlonelyâ€ upbringing, it was the rap records that would help nurture. His adoration grew as he became more involved in the rap game. â€œOnce I started writing hip-hop I realized how much skill was required to do so,â€ Ives remembers, â€œI fell in love even more so.â€ Snoop Doggâ€™s Doggystyleâ€”the first rap album he boughtâ€”would always be there, and the stylings of his favorite MCs from Notorious B.I.G to Jay Z would be closely embedded within his lyrical flow and overall swagger. Their influence was tremendous, shaping the man who frequently calls himself â€œThe Greatest Russian Rapper Alive.â€
It's early evening in Hollywood, and up in the apex of Hollywood and Highland is the office of Ivan Ives (yes, rappers have offices). Stocked with a Starbucks coffee machine, a pool table and an automated basketball game like the ones that you see at many an arcade (on which Ives eviscerates me, with a score of 74 to 25). The office is the primary headquarters for the release of â€œVictoryâ€ (the debut single off his second LP entitled Iconoclast) via MySpace. Ives' profile has garnered him 12,372 fansâ€”and countingâ€”and an average of 1,000 audio plays a day.
â€œSome people donâ€™t realize the potential and possibility of MySpace as a grassroots movement to get music heard,â€ Ives says. The website has helped him achieve fans from California to Canada and all other parts of the world. â€œMySpace is largely responsible for my name being hollered out of the mouths of young, attractive girls all across the globe.â€
For now heâ€™s busy promoting â€œVictoryâ€ and its worldly timpani of horns a-plenty. Itâ€™s a perfect counterpart to his baroque-meets-block-party inflected track â€œRed Scare,â€ which was the centerpiece of his debut record Deus Ex Machina. â€œVictoryâ€ trumps its predecessor, prompting Ives to call it one of the â€œall-time greatest tracksâ€ in his catalogue. Such distinction needs proper word of mouth, and Ives is a one-man advertising machine. He's in the middle of posting multiple comments to some of his 12,000 + friends, asking them to check out the trackâ€”and if they want to, give him a holler and tell him what they think.
Watching him from afar, just staring as he constantly copies and pastes, I realize heâ€™s at peace with what seems to be an incredibly tedious affair. I can say that it's much more comfortable than having to market your music on the street, which Ives and I saw earlier in the day in Hollywoodâ€”two gentlemen asking any individual to take a listen to a rap album. I myself am not asked, but one of the men approaches Ives, doing his best to try and persuade him, forcing a CD on him. Ives ignores it, and as we enter into Hollywood and Highland complex, Iâ€™m struck by what Ives tells me. â€œThose rappers are garbage,â€ he blurts out.
Care to take a quick listen? Itâ€™ll take about 55 minutes, but itâ€™ll be worthy of your time. Working with his lifelong producer/friend Fresh a.k.a. The Hitman, the two have progressed together from the early, aggressive stage of Deus Ex Machina to Ivesâ€™ EPs like the appropriately named LA Heat, which saw the two go from dark and murky to downright hyphy. Now for Iconoclast the two worlds have collided, boasting a hefty fifteen tracks that see the producer go even more expansive with his sounds and rapper skew much more personal, welcoming many of the uninformed.
â€œI feel like this record is really me coming to my own, and manning up to be who I was meant to be. I feel that the record challenges traditional expectations that people have for hip-hop music, but not while being some flat-out bizarro shit that no one can stand listening to for more than five minutes.â€
Several prominent artists from various underground rap circles and even a member of the Wu-Tang Clan have joined Ives on this affair. He shares rhymes with Definitive Jux rapper Vast Aire (â€œVictoryâ€), L.A.â€™s own 2Mex (â€œCarpe Diemâ€), and the capper, a seize-the-day track (â€œHonorâ€) with Wu-Tang Clan member Cappadonna. Still, itâ€™s Ives' coming out party and by way of â€œGot It,â€ the infectious opener, heâ€™s all but got your attention, mashing up references like the off-set drama that is Greyâ€™s Anatomy to David Koresh in a single breath. Slicing up obscure film clips to branch tracks, the rapper is not one to follow suit with overdone rap skits (â€œTheyâ€™re weird inside jokes that no one cares about,â€ he says) that often linger and plague. Itâ€™s really about creating original sounds for the dynamic duo of Ives and Fresh, never falling for anything hackneyed, always to the point of shooting for 'The Recipe,' a mixture of the most soulful of samples and a stirring of strings all backed by a confident lyricist not shy to be braggadocios, throwing out such quips as â€œI got rap in a chokeholdâ€ and â€œI sleep in my sneakers, Iâ€™m the truth, Iâ€™m rapâ€™s resurrected Jesus.â€
Itâ€™s also about not settling for the traditional run-through of verse, hook, chorus, second verse, hook and chorus. At their most playful, Fresh joins Ives on a mini-suite, or what Ives proclaims as a â€œtwo for oneâ€ in â€œWorld Wide Hits,â€ a smattering of scratches and a motherload of bass and drums, the breakdowns often veering from an early summer sublime to a final dash of electric march.
Premium party bangers are often a staple in Ivesâ€™ repertoire, but the self-aggrandizing that trumps the record takes a back seat for a triple dose of shock treatment. His first true linear track, â€œRevenge,â€ induces fanatical obsession amidst a sparseness of radar blips and what seems to be silver spoons on a pale knee. The Romani inflected â€œZzyzx Roadâ€ wanders off to a hypnotic, gypsy-tinted chorus as Ives paints surreal images of psychedelic drugs, mental institutions and elderly communes. But itâ€™s with â€œOlivia Josephs,â€ Ives ventures out onto uncharted territories. Misogynistic or not, Ives pinpoints the struggles with the one thing that rappers seemingly canâ€™t get enough of: women.
â€œOlivia Josephs is the one woman that represents every woman that Iâ€™ve been with,â€ says Ives. â€œAnd yes, as a record, this is definitely me saying â€˜This is how I feel about this, this and this.â€™ I guess youâ€™d call that personal.â€
â€œSee the thing is, I donâ€™t really drink much, I donâ€™t smoke a lot of weed, and I donâ€™t give a shit about being iced out or any of that other shit that other dummies do care about. And I speak out on it, so obviously I know some people will be mad or offended by shit that Iâ€™ve written. I donâ€™t give a fuck. Iâ€™m not saying Iâ€™m on some holier-than-thou shit either, Iâ€™m a rotten individual. Iâ€™m just saying Iâ€™m too focused to get caught up in blazing every night. I never feel weak or vulnerable, pretty much ever. My heart is black and Iâ€™m too smart to ever truly be happyâ€”but at least I can say that I never feel weak or vulnerable on my tracks.â€
Itâ€™s been a month since the bridge to Bonaventure. Now late evening in L.A, I walk the streets of Lincoln Heights, my destination being the Airliner, a two-tier beacon that emanates underground hip-hop. Amongst freestyle rappers galore, t-shirts stressing the fact that real hip-hop isnâ€™t played on the radio, chock full of alcoholic beverages (the Jagermeister machine cannot be expressed in words), the nightâ€™s location is funhouse central as it plays home to the CD release party for Iconoclast. Female rapper-supreme Avalon and the boisterous The Learning Curve thoroughly entertain, but the fanfare culminates when Ives, decked-out in a bright orange hoodie, arrives on the main stageâ€”which from the exterior resembles that of a hip hop barn. The sweater is quickly removed, replaced by the brand-spanking new Ivan Ives t-shirt. As with any show promoting a sole album, choice cuts from Ivesâ€™ latest are showcased for the first time to many of his rabid fans who crowd the stage and the break dancers who pop and lock in the back. A huge circular fan is strategically placed behind everyone as Ives brings the heat elite. Plowing through â€œThe Recipe,â€ â€œGot It,â€ â€œWorld Wide Hitsâ€ and giving the fans what they want in â€œRed Scare,â€ he goes as far as telling his DJ of the night, DJ Leviathan, to run through the beat again.
As night officially becomes day, the set drawing to a close, the plethora of female fans still dancing to a fervor, Ives still has a surprise in his sleeve. He calls upon his newly formed super-group, dubbed the I.V. League, which includes Grizz Pro, Menacin Johnson, Marc Spector, Kingslender and Amaze, all of whom join the rapper wonder for their first single â€œThe Anthem,â€ a golden synth banger that Ives anchors, allowing his fellow associates to shine.
Beat fizzles. His microphone drops. Set over. His final word rings true: â€œVictory.â€ Iâ€™m not surprised at allâ€¦failure really was never an option.
Iconoclast is out September 25 on No Threshold
For more on Ivan Ives, including more cuts and tour dates, check here: www.myspace.com/ivanives
CMJ Sonicbids Spotlight
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Sonicbids Spotlight Winner: Ivan Ives Dec 12, 2008 Story by: Tom Duffy This weeks Sonicbids Spo...Sonicbids Spotlight Winner: Ivan Ives
Dec 12, 2008
Story by: Tom Duffy
This weeks Sonicbids Spotlight winner is free-flowing rapper, Ivan Ives. The MC, originally from the Soviet Union but now living in L.A., delivers skin-tight beats and slick rhymes. The music can best be described as alternative hip-hop, and has a slight hint of the Native Tongues movement of the 90's. As a child, Ives studied piano and Shakespeare, and his boyhood pal, Fresh The Hitman, is still his main producer. Ives was named one of Rolling Stone's To 40 artists to watch; he's worked with artists such as the Cool Kids and Cappadonna (Wu Tang Clan); and he's already released a slew of albums and singles through his own label, No Threshold.
SPIN picks 8 bands
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SPIN Picks: 8 Undiscovered Bands Worth a Listen FREE DOWNLOADS: Discover groups we picked from am...SPIN Picks: 8 Undiscovered Bands Worth a Listen
FREE DOWNLOADS: Discover groups we picked from among 500 entrants to have their song spun on the radio.
Hometown: Los Angeles (via the USSR)
Recommended if you like… Jurassic 5, De La Soul
Why we picked him: With soulful beats and clever samples that hearken back to hip-hop's '90s heyday, this Russian expat deserves to get in the game.
Listen: Ivan Ives, "Got It"
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Up-and-coming rapper churns out his third outstanding album in less than year. An iconoclast is d...Up-and-coming rapper churns out his third outstanding album in less than year.
An iconoclast is defined as: One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions. Ives is doing a lot of the above. Firstly, and more important than the fact that he's a white hip-hop artist, he's challenging the idea that you must be backed by a label to make great music. With no one to pick up the tab but himself he has put out 3 exceptional albums in just the last year. It is obvious that he has dedicated himself to his craft in a way that few bother to. Whether this work ethic is based on a desire for the benjamins or a simple love of the rap game, I have no idea; in the end it doesn't really matter as a listener because the results are so pleasing.
The improvement over the last albums is evident from the first cut and carries all the way through to the last one; it is definitely his most accessible release to date. The beats, produced by Fresh going under the new moniker of The Hitman, are as tight and energetic as ever; there is nothing generic or rehashed about them. More so-called veterans of the genre could learn a few things about effort and devotion from this crew. I am also pleased to report that there is much more of a Russian language presence on Iconoclast, which I thoroughly enjoy.
The themes of the disc flow effortlessly from the financial struggles of a young artist to the feelings of frustration at a self-destructive lover and the way she has affected his life, they bob and weave between delightful tongue in cheek wit and a dark narrative about revenge and murder. The impact of the storytelling in "Revenge" is particularly tangible as the scene is set and we are walked through a dark house that "smells like coffee and dirty dishes" on our way upstairs as the protagonist convinces a cohort that it's all just pretend; wonderfully haunting. It will of course be difficult to avoid at least some comparisons to one Marshall Mathers and his cuts "Stan" and "Kim," the former on "Revenge" and the latter on the relationship themed "Olivia Josephs." The important thing to note is that neither feel at all like rip-offs or even homage to the Slim Shady cuts, they simply happen to deal with themes that people will find similar and when you throw that in a blender with the fact that this cat happens to be Caucasian, well, some people will find it hard to resist thinking of him as a knock-off. Those who are a little more open-minded will realize that what Ives brings is definitely his own.
This dude is certainly a student of the genre and knows how to combine the elements that have worked for those who have come before him while still adding a flair that keeps it fresh and original. One of the elements he has embraced is the guest appearance and it is a particularly strong component of this release. Whereas some of his collaborations on past efforts have been decent, here they definitely shine. Matched with some hip-hop heavyweights like 2-Mex and Wu-Tang's Capadonna, Ivan Ives holds his own and then some. Each of the guest appearances on Iconoclast are very strong and lend a nice amount of variety to the disc. My personal favorite is the cut featuring Vast Aire with his unique sound and semi-eccentric, yet fun, lyrics. Ultimately though the best compliment that can be said of Mr. Ives in regards to these tracks is that he never lets himself be outshined by the guests.
It seems apparent to me that Ivan Ives has a very bright creative future ahead of him, whether that future includes the backing of a major label and the devotion of millions of fans may have as much to do with timing and luck as anything; he most definitely will not allow himself to fail due to a lack of hard work. If you're a fan of hip-hop it would be well worth your time to check him out, there's a lot of satisfaction in "discovering" a rising talent before everyone else does, and it makes it all the sweeter when that talent is as obviously worthy your support as young Mr. Ives is.
4/5 Stars in Blender
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We don't have a high tolerance for misguided mock MCs that unwittingly disrespect hip-hop culture, b...We don't have a high tolerance for misguided mock MCs that unwittingly disrespect hip-hop culture, but rapper Ivan Ives is funny and talented; and with the Beasties wallowing in a midlife malaise, Ives revives their classic style with shamelessness intact. His video for "Got It" is the perfect introduction. "Tryin' to get me on a track to impress ya peers?/ Nah, fuck that," he raps, as if he's getting tons of offers to appear on high profile rap albums daily. But we respect the brashness, especially when he goes onto claim "I bring heartache to women when they least expect it" while tearing a red paper heart in half. He references Perfect Strangers. He professes his love of Nerd Rope and cotton candy jelly beans on his MySpace blog. His press bio name-checks Dostoevsky and Tolstoy (Ives comes from a Russian background). This man is a nerd and he exploits it with just the right amount of D.I.Y. charm. "Believe me, you won't see me at Comic Con," he raps.
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Don't let Ivan Ives' indie-rocker persona fool you - this Russian-born Angelino is nothing but pure ...Don't let Ivan Ives' indie-rocker persona fool you - this Russian-born Angelino is nothing but pure hip-hop. With Iconoclast, Ives ably balances both personal and punchline-driven raps over producer Fresh's tight sample-based production for a memorable journey.
Review Busters 9.75/10
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Hey Reviewbusters faithful! It's been too long! So, for today, I figured that I would find an amazin...Hey Reviewbusters faithful! It's been too long! So, for today, I figured that I would find an amazing underground hip-hop album and share it with all y'all! Today, we're going to talk about my man Ivan Ives. Formerly of The Anything People and known as Nicotine, Ives is a rapper from the mean streets of LA. Now, I know what you're thinking. â€œBIG DEAL! Another underground rapper. (insert snoring sound)â€ Hold your horses! I only told you part of the story! Before Ives became a product of Los Angeles, he hailed from the snowy streets of mother Russia (OK, he lived in Brooklyn for a little, LAY OFF!) . You guessed it. Ivan Ives is one of the few multilingual flow masters out there.
Iconoclast is his third album name under the moniker Ivan Ives. (Deux ex Machina and LA Heat are the other two, check em out.) As one can see from the track listing, this album has some big name talent backing him up. Cappadona (of Wu Tang fame), O.C. And some other artists a little more underground (2Mex and Fresh). Let's talk about the beats. They're a little weird. You've got songs like â€œLay Lowâ€ and â€œSoulâ€. They have you're sweet west coast style to them. But then, you have songs like â€œVictoryâ€ and â€œHow It Isâ€ that are just weird.
Lyrically speaking, to quote the man himself â€œDude, Ives. The flow is incredible,â€ Socially conscious lyrics, with a watchful eye on the game of hip-hop. I could write some of the best lines of the record, but I would to have to write all the lyrics to all the songs.
The is the part of the review where I list the songs that I liked and the songs that I hated.........That presents a problem, as I actually liked all the songs on this album. Some, I would consider, songs that I will probably listen to for the rest of my life, like everyday. Those ones are â€œVictoryâ€, â€œThe Recepieâ€ and â€œLife is A Bitchâ€.
Cat's out of the bag! I loved this album. I told you that when I started this damn review. I think you will too! This album has absolutely everything that it needs to be a classic hip-hop album. Great beats, amazing lyrics. What's not to love? Some times, it might sound like I'm trying to push records on ya. I really believe that you'll love the hell out of this if you love hip-hop.
9.75 out of 10
MyCypher Worldwide Hip Hop
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So, I got my hands on this Mixtape and the name was so cool that I had to dig a bit deeper. Ivan Iv...So, I got my hands on this Mixtape and the name was so cool that I had to dig a bit deeper. Ivan Ives is a cat from LA by way of Mother Russia and his Mixtape, entitled Eat POP and Die is super-duper dope! This is what a Mixtape is supposed to be- all of the tracks are samples and only last about 2 or 3 minutes... enough to whet appetites of listeners just enough to have to check into this dude.
Ivan's flow is sick, and he sounds like he is an American emcee- no hint of any sort of Russian accent (which actually might be kinda cool), and his tone is reminiscent of a younger LL Cool J on some tracks. Subject matter includes everything from the standard girls, parties, etc. all the way to more tangible issues. The title Eat POP and Die is really interesting as all of the tracks on the Mixtape are pop tracks from varying eras. The overall message, at least as I understand it, is that pop music is the product of the corporate, capitalist machine and listeners ought to be extremely weary of what they hear. This is a cool perspective for an unsigned artist who releases all of his 4 full-length albums on his own imprint, No Threshold Records. Ives addresses Eminem comparisons, dealing with the major label system "sharks and snakes," and the grind and hustle of an independent artist trying to break.
Peep the track Victory below, and check dude's myspace here. Dude has gotten his fair share of press too- check out some below... And finally, if you are feeling homey, cop his Mixtape for free here. What's the word on Ivan Ives???
Ivan Ives Getting His George Orwell On For New Album
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“We’re living in 1984 now; it’s just a little nicer cosmetically,” says Ivan Ives, the Los Angeles a...“We’re living in 1984 now; it’s just a little nicer cosmetically,” says Ivan Ives, the Los Angeles alt-rapper – deemed an “artist to watch” by Rolling Stone – whose epic new disc, "Newspeak", has just dropped on No Threshold Records.
“The album title is a reference to George Orwell’s novel ‘1984,’” he explains. “‘Newspeak’ is the language created by the government to make the public dimmer. By controlling vocabulary and restricting people’s ability to speak eloquently, Big Brother limits the complexity of their thoughts. American culture becomes more dumbed-down every day. Just watch the news or listen to the radio.”
Ives’ own approach to language is as a vehicle for independent expression and nonconformist ideals. “My lyrics do not coincide with the Orwellian concept of Newspeak,” he confirms. “So I thought I’d flip it in the songwriting for this album by writing in the opposite vein. The contrast is interesting, but also, for someone who might not get the allusion, I’m rapping, i.e. ‘speak’ing + this is my new music = Newspeak.”
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FIRST OF THE MONTH
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Ivan Ives is a goddamned prolific rapper. And he’s done so doing it by himself. He started his own l...Ivan Ives is a goddamned prolific rapper. And he’s done so doing it by himself. He started his own label (No Threshold Records) to put out records his way and at his pace.
Ivan Directs New RJD2 Project Video
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Aaron Livingston and RJD2 are Icebird. See new video "going and Going And Going" Directed by Iva...Aaron Livingston and RJD2 are Icebird.
See new video "going and Going And Going"
Directed by Ivan Ives
Ivan Opens for another sold out performance with RJD2
Sizzle reel . Check it out!
An Ivan Ives Set is always evolving and changing. It's a mix of full songs with snippets of various hits, which keeps the crowd on their toes and very entertained. It ends up being a medley-type set and can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.