From Divine Council to AWGE to his own sauce with ‘SIDDHI,’ rap veteran ICYTWAT is just now settling in as an up-and-coming emcee.
Boasting over a decade of experience, mostly known for his innovative production skills, the seasoned producer-rapper has been a best-kept secret on the border of mainstream and underground acclaim. “I’ve just been so incognito for years, that even me doing this [interview] is out of the ordinary,” he tells Hakeem Rowe in his first-ever on-camera interview — alluding to how focused he’s been over the course of his career.
Linking up with A$AP Rocky when forming his AWGE collective in 2014-15, the Chicago-born rapper’s skin in the game stems from AWGE’s prolific presence alongside A$AP Mob. Interestingly, as Rocky has been openly preparing for his upcoming album Don’t Be Dumb for the past three years, ICY and THOTO — who form the collective THOTTWAT — have performed these new tracks alongside Rocky at festivals such as Summer Smash and Rolling Loud recently.
With longtime co-signs from Rocky, A$AP Yams, Playboi Carti and Andre3000 — who both tout revered tracks with ICY in “Talk” and “Decemba” — his latest record SIDDHI (2022) and deluxe in SIDDHI WORLD (2023) fully embody ICYTWAT’s breadth of talent — both behind the boards and in the booth. His latest single “Stop Tryna Be Me” asserts his influence and longevity as an inspiration for new wave voices. “I love everybody, but I want my flowers,” he said.
Admitting that he’s still getting his footing as a rapper, ICYTWAT is an undeniable OG in this space. The versatile dual-threat chopped it up with OGM host Hakeem Rowe, speaking on relationships with A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, Andre3000, THOTTWAT, his hometown, producing, ‘SIDDHI WORLD,’ his upcoming joint project with THOTO and much more in our latest Our Generation Music exclusive.
Watch ICYTWAT’s OGM exclusive below!