Isaac Castor is a talented rapper whose candour is both refreshing and unexpected. His latest single, ‘Da Bounce’ sees the artist concede that he’s tried to sell out, but he didn’t end up selling anything. He’s open about his limited finances, and about his distaste for emcees who push drugs in their songs. Still only 22 years old, he’s got a signature sound and style, and an excellent approach to his lyrics.
Based in Michigan Isaac has already built up an impressive CV, with an opening slot for Mac Miller, praise from XXL, and a performance at the Vans Warped Tour. His latest set, ‘Old Soul’, includes guest spots and production from some of the most interesting voicres in contemporary hip hop, including Nate Fox, known for his work with Chance The Rapper and the Social Experiment, L Gulley, and Blu, the author of many classic verses. ‘Da Bounce’ was produced by LA musician L05, from the futuristic Celsius Electronics.
L05 has pulled back on the production of ‘Da Bounce’, letting Isaac have plenty of room to get confessional. There’s the catchiest of catchy rap choruses as well, and the track makes good on al the promise Castor has shown on his mixtapes and independent releases.
The artist has been rapping since the age of 9, and as an acknowledgement of the kid he used to be, the video shows Castor paired with a cocky younger version of himself, dancing in the boxing ring, symbolic of the struggle to be heard, that he knows all too well. It’s not an overly serious clip however, instead it’s fun, entertaining, and encouraging – something we need in this day and age.
You can find out more about Isaac Castor online on his official website.