Drunken Mermaid will be interviewing Ikes in December/January. In the meantime, here’s his latest video and the press release courtesy our friends at Space Promotions…
Ikes returns to the UK scene with his hard hitting rap track ‘No Commercial’, produced by Freek van Workum (B.O.B ft Mila J ‘So What’ and Doe B ft T.I ‘Homicide’).
UK rapper Ikes has been gaining a lot of heat over in the states with his latest work. ‘No Commercial’ has impacted the US hip hop charts with top 20 entries on the Rapnetwork and Rap Attack charts as well as a host of press support including DJ Whoo Kid (who premiered the audio), Hip Hop Since 1987, The 65 Connection, AO! and many more!
Having been signed to Indie label Reignassance (Chipmunk, Random Impulse, Wizzy Wow) and with a critically-acclaimed back catagloue of mix-tapes, features and EP’s, including the hit single ‘Girl Talk’ (Music Week Presents, BBC1Xtra), Ikes knows what it takes to make catchy and original UK hip hop.
Previous EP ‘The Intermission: Last Call’ gained IKES a lot of attention, with BBC 1Xtra supporting its lead single ‘Girl Talk’, featuring Jermaine Riley and Scorcher on their BBC Introducing podcast.
IKES received rave reviews for his ‘WarmUpSession’ on SB.TV, with SB.TV creator Jamal Edwards later picking it to be featured in one of the company’s Google Chrome adverts.
Off the back of a 5 date college tour in the states and making serious strides there, this Hackney boy is back in the UK with a new vigor and drive. Alongside a number of upcoming performances, including the influential SXSW festival in 2015, ‘No Commercial’ is the first of a series of new tracks coming and is a sign of things to come from Ikes.