“Smoke this last spliff with me, baby / Underneath a thousand stars,” Ian Isiah sings in “10K”. As the Brooklyn-based R&B singer explains, the song is for the “high lovers” of the world, “spirits that accept and respect each other’s power”.
“Lyrically it’s kind of a break-up song,” he says, “However I’m all about no bad blood – so it’s kind of more of a peace treaty break up song. Before we never see each other again, let’s put one more piece of love in the air. Legalise weed, legalise love.”
Isiah is associated with a few crews from around New York City, like the UNO NYC record label and Venus X’s GHE20G0TH1K collective. He’s been relatively quiet since releasing his mixtape The Love Champion almost three years ago, but sprung back to life with new song “247” earlier this year.
Like “247” and “Private Party” before it, “10K” is produced by Barcelona-based producer Sinjin Hawke (who recently leant his talents to Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, co-producing the Sia-featuring “Wolves”). Its video, directed by Thuan Tran, sees Isiah imbuing a monster smoking sesh with religious qualities. “Magic happens when your best friends are pushing the envelope in the music and creative industry,” says Tran.
Watch the video above.
Ian Isiah plays Brooklyn’s Union Pool with Lafawndah and Evy Jane on July 27