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Musical dreams with Ishmael Butler and IAMDDB

Experimental hip-hop star Ishmael Butler, from Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets, is joined by IAMDDB, KeiyaA and Bishop Nehru to discuss dreams, chemistry and creativity.

Experimental hip-hop artist Ishmael Butler hosts this edition of music life - he's a member of Shabazz Palaces, and was also part of Grammy-winning hip-hop pioneers Digable Planets. He’s also worked with the likes of Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Animal Collective.

He’s joined by IAMDDB, a songwriter and vocalist based in Manchester, UK, who is very much the artist in demand right now. Her performance of the song ‘ause on the music platform Colors has been viewed more than 16 million times, and her 2019 album ‘Swervvvvv.5’ made her a household name in the international community. Bishop Nehru is a young rapper and producer from New York. He has made two albums with elusive rap poet MF Doom, and worked with Dizzy Wright, 9th Wonder and Kaytranada. And KeiyaA is a singer, songwriter and producer from Chicago, now based in New York. She’s previously worked as a session musician for Noname, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Mick Jenkins, and released her debut album Forever, Ya Girl earlier this year.

Together the group discuss the chemistry in collaborations, first steps in the creative process, and if they’ve ever dreamt an idea.

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31 minutes

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L-R: Bishop Nehru (Credit: Lloyd Lenox), KeiyaA (Credit: Rahim Fortune), Ishmael Butler (Credit: Patrick O'Brien Smith) and IAMDDB (Credit: Sarah Jeynes/BBC)


  • Sat 29 Aug 2020 11:06GMT
  • Sun 30 Aug 2020 19:06GMT

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