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The background: Ishmael Ali born in 1996, better known as IshDARR, began taking music seriously at young age, spending the rest of his highschool years recording and working on his sound. In April, 2014, while be- ing a senior in highschool he released his debut EP, “The Better Life”. The EP gradually moved around and was featured on major blogs including The Source, 2DopeBoyz, UPROXX, Hypetrak and many more. “The Better Life” launched him into a year of shows opening for School Boy Q, Ab-Soul and others as well as recording his first full length project.

Hometown: Milwaukee (WI), US.

The truth: He is wise beyond his years and aware of the work it takes to to be great, but true to the title of IshDARR’s album he is calling out to us to have fun, stay young, enjoy every one of life’s blessing but never forget to pay attention to what’s happening around you.

The buzz: “Old Soul, Young Spirit” was released via Complex Magazine in March 2015 to amazing reviews. Including the explosive release of his single “Too Bad which hit #1” on the Hype Machine Charts and stayed there for 3 days.

What to buy: “Old Soul, Young Spirit”.

File next to: Lil Wayne, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Pharcyde.