Ikey – Return of King Jaffe (Audio)
Ikey is shaping up to be one of my favorite underground artists. With impressive drops such as When We Were Kings and Lord, he keeps the momentum rolling with his new track Return of King Jaffe. But it comes as nothing to him as he states he “just felt like flexing on this record”. Quit showing off nigga! Read more about this release below:
“We fell instantly in love upon first listen of newcomer Ikey‘s ‘Return of King Jaffe,’” i-D said in their premiere post of the Maryland rapper’s latest single. “Return of King Jaffe” features Ikey’s lyrically aggressive yet uplifting flow above the deep bass reminiscent of ’90s era Drum N Bass records. When asked by i-D if the song was inspired by James Earl Jones’ character King Jaffe in the movie Coming to America, Ikey responded: “It’s kinda dedicated to James Earl Jones. I used to rock a dope fur hat back in the day that kinda looked like the hat James Earl Jones wore in Coming to America. Since I’m African, people used to call me King Jaffe… James Earl Jones is definitely the Gawd tho.”
Ikey released his Green Card EP at the top of the month via Complex, dissecting the American dream with his experiences as a Nigerian-American. “Green Card is a metaphor for anything that leads you to your dreams,” said Ikey, who came up with the idea when he was trying to get one for his mother. “To people in Third World countries, a Greed Card means an escape from a life of poverty an achieving the American Dream. Since everyone is looking for that one come up, I felt like they’d be able to relate to this theme.”
Check out Return of King Jaffe from Ikey and be sure to get his Green Card EP, out now! Leave your thoughts below.