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In an industry saturated in copycat artistry, violent artillery, nonsensical foolery and inevitable fate, Ibn Inglor births from the hub of the most esteemed violent city, and the center for this malicious hype, Chicago.

Featured in Complex, releasing his debut mixtape via djbooth.net, unearthing a sequel to his authentic original release, amongst numerous other established presences, Ibn is crowned with originality and a knack for unique ability, but lacks the deserving throne.


Post-release of his New Wave 2 mixtape which was unwrapped April 13th, I conducted an interview with the young emcee, to see just where all this talent derives from, to see what move comes next, and to see on a little more personal level, who, and what, is Ibn Inglor.


Q: “What, if anything, influenced New Wave 2 other than New Wave? Where does your unique sound develop from other than Ibn?”

A: “New Wave 2 was influenced by how well New Wave was received. New Wave had more direction to it as far as what songs we would sample and what era they would come from. I’ve never considered myself to have a “unique” sound, it’s just what comes to me and what’s to my liking actually. Everybody likes different things but you never know what someone else likes until you put it out there.”

Q: “Who does the majority of your producing? And how did you yourself learn the ways of producing?”

A:  “Mhone Glor has started doing the majority of the production, alongside Kris Henry, Arran Sym and a few others. My good friend Brandon taught me the basics on the program we use (Native Intruments), and basically just left me to do whatever I thought was good. Within 2 months I started production something of quality which actually landed on New Wave.” 

Q: “What is your earliest memory of music comprehension or recognition? What is it that motivated you to become an artist?”

A: “First memory, On a family trip to Wisconsin Dells, they had me in the back of the truck, no seat. All I had was my CD Player and The College Dropout by Kanye, played it back to back a good 6 times. I feel it was just embed in me to create what I create. Growing up where i’m from only gave me inspiration to write and talk about certain topics.”

Q: “Growing up, what kind of music/artists were played around you? What were you exposed to?”

A:  “Oldies, House Music, my mom would blast that shit day and night. Go to my auntie house, same shit. I couldn’t escape it.”

Q: “50 years from now, what do you want to be remembered as? What sense of impact, if any, do you seek?”

A:  “Being genuine, making genuine decisions and creating genuine relationships with people. I want kids to understand you don’t need no “quick buck”. Do what you want to do and love it enough that money couldn’t change your perspective on it even if you wanted it to.” 

Q: “With copycat artistry being such a presence in hip-hop (the “based” effect, Migo flow jackers, countless “Chiraq” sound-alikes, etc.) how did you manage to develop the authentic sound that embodies you?”

A: “By being me. It’s so cliche, but just following my gut. So many times i’ve been told to make party songs, club bangers, radio hits but that shit just never made me feel comfortable. I was a lot more comfortable in a dark space.” 

Q:  “From the single, “Black Print”, what, long story short, defines the meaning of the title of the song?”

A: “After this interview is posted, and comments are made, I can’t erase that shit myself. I can’t fight every battle even though I would love to. Once it’s out there, it’s out there.”

Q: Was New Wave 2 recorded in your Altgeld Garden project apartment just as the first New Wave was?”

A: “Yeah, all the projects I’ve released have been recorded in my own room.”

Q: “What is it like growing up in Altgeld Gardens?”

A:  “It wasn’t the loveliest place, but it had it’s good days. I learned a lot and I still apply the shit I learned back then to everyday life now. “

Q: “Who could you see yourself working with? With a feature career listing of a very limited number of artists, who in the music world of today would be a candidate Ibn collab?”

A:  “FKA Twigs, Arca, James Blake and so many more. More bands/singers than rappers for sure though.”

Q: “What can we expect or not expect next from Ibn Inglor?”

A: “It’s hard to say honestly, who know’s. I’m seeing about 25 tunnels at the moment when I’m only trying to see 1.”

Check out his Cold Storm visuals below, and download his newest project from the project, “New Wave 2.” 

-Zach Davis (@ZadricDavis)