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Atlanta, GA | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE | AFM

Atlanta, GA | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 2010
Band Hip Hop Singer/Songwriter




"Get Familiar with Issa, The self proclaimed young prophet"

Cranking out hits can be tricky. The tracks have to be catchy enough to jam on radio airwaves. Secondly, the artist must have a unique swag that attracts the masses. While the content of a hit song doesn’t have to provoke thought, some of the best rappers (see: Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole) are able to stir up social commentary on mainstream-friendly tunes.

Enter 22-year-old D.C. rhymslinger, Issa, which means Jesus in Arabic. Listening to Issa’s latest mixtape, This Summer, it’s evident that the dreaded MC can knock a hit track off the Richter scale, mostly from his ability to infuse trap sounds with deep bars. “When I say I’m the best, I mean that sh*t,” Issa said during his visit to VIBE HQ. “Not too many people are able to talk real sh*t while making you dance.”

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"#ATLRiseUp: Issa Is Looking To Use His “Trap Conscious” Movement To Be The Voice Of The Youth"

Oftentimes the path to success takes unexpected turns. In the music business, acts throughout history have had to face the complications of the record label structure, which can include losing a deal that was thought to be the stepping stone to stardom.

How that person responds to the drawback is usually what determines the next step in their life. Do they just give up on their dreams? Or do they use that experience to gain knowledge on how to achieve those goals?

Atlanta-based rapper Issa Thompson signed to the now defunct Jive Records at just 16 years old. But once the label was shut down in 2011, Issa was left to reevaluate the direction of his career. He didn’t fold. For Thompson, it was about building something new out of the rubble left behind from Jive’s collapse. - Hip Hop Weekly

"Issa Puts Us On To All The “Young N*gga Problems” He Had “This Summer” (NEW MUSIC)"

GlobalGrind readers, allow me to introduce you to a dope new talent by the name of Issa.

Fresh out of Atlanta, the emcee drops This Summer, a dope blend of knowledge, Atlanta trap music, swag, and consciousness.

The lead single “Makaveli” is a fun, playful, energetic recount of Issa’s upbringing and the relationship he has with his family, as well as a poetic breakdown of his passion for performing, all while throwing in references to Tupac Shakur’s legendary moniker, Makaveli. - Global Grind



The ever evolving art form of Hip Hop has never been more diverse than where we find it in today's musical landscape. From auto tuned trappers to storytelling lyricists... from turn up to conscious, the culture is widely represented. 21 year old, DC native Issa, is primed to join the diverse class of new wave MCs, and introduce you to his brand of Hip Hop.

Issa was introduced to music at an early age by his step father, who he calls "dad", an aspiring rapper from the Bronx, NY. At just nine years old, Issa would follow his dad's path and begin honing his rap skills with impromptu living room concerts, performing songs that his dad had penned. The response from his family was pure shock. His delivery and ability to memorize his lines was beyond his years. They immediately realized that this nine year old had the potential to be a star. As he matured, Issa began cultivating his own sound and writing his own rhymes, with artists like DMXLil WayneJay-Z and Bob Marley serving as his inspiration. Spending summers with his biological father's family in their native Kingston Jamaica would opened him up culturally to a much larger world. After shifting around the D.C. area with his family, Issa's life would get a new backdrop when they decided to pick up and make Atlanta their new home.

Soon after the move, driven by his passion and love of music, his pursuit of a full-time rap career began at just 14 years old. Garnering attention from the local Atlanta music scene, Issa quickly became a fan favorite in the community, especially with the high school girls. At just 16 he became the father of a beautiful daughter. With strong male role models in his life, Issaunderstood that it was time to man up. His daughter, an unplanned blessing, would motivated and pushed him to go harder for his new family. That motivation inspired a new level of maturity that would help him focus and redirect his brand in the following years, taking his music to new heights. Issa's sound strikes a balance between street and back pack rap, remaining youthful, but still wise beyond his years, or as defined it, "Trap Conscious".

To kick off 2016, Issa released new music in the form of a 4-song EP titled ‘This Winter’ which featured stand out tracks like "Only God""The Come Up" produced by Go Grizzly, and his current single, the Cassius Jay produced "Next One". He also, debuted his Sample Sunday's campaign this past January, showcasing his diverse ear for music as he raps over sample driven tracks inspired by the likes of Eryka BaduCommon and others. At just 21 years old, Issa, now a father of 2, finds himself 12 years removed from rocking concerts in his living room, and is ready to take his sound into living rooms across the world, one house hold at a time.

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