Izzy Ice is a Brooklyn rapper on the way to superstardom. His latest release, ‘Cake Up’, has already been playlisted by the likes of Da Baby, and Fat Joe, as well as Jersey Shore TV icon, DJ Pauly D, who has shown the track some love in his live sets. In fact, ‘Cake Up’, has already been added to more than 220 playlists, including Global Hits 220.
Show business is a fickle industry that would try and tell us that musical artists are only as good as their last song, that fame is fleeting, they have a sell-by date. So if you’ve managed to forge a career for 10 years, you own the right to call yourself a star; 20 years you’re a bona fide legend – 30 years – you’re immortal. If you somehow are able to transcend that, then you become the sort of person whose name is mentioned with a quiet awe – like some mythical being whose due reverence is more than warranted, it’s demanded.
Dennis J. Leise had spent the bulk of his music career playing in the clubs of Chicago, but got tired of having to pay through the nose for the privilege of performing, despite pulling in large enough crowds. He decided enough was enough and upped sticks and moved 25 miles away – to Gary, Indiana, famous for being the hometown of the Jackson Family.
For Katmaz’s latest single, ‘Alone (with me)’, the music video was shot in the middle of McCarren Park, in the middle of Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighbourhood in the centre of New York City’s independent rock music scene. Seems only fitting for someone who is building up for himself a reputation as one of New York’s most enterprising young independent artists.