Russian born MC Ivan Ives New Album 9/24.

Russian born, LA bred MC Ivan Ives will be releasing his much anticipated new album Stranger on September 24th, 2013 (pre-order here). Stranger features production from RJD2 and Aaron Marsh (Copeland) as well as guest appearances from Blueprint, Roots affiliate Greg Porn, Aaron Livingston and more. Ivan Ives recently released a video for the first single off the new album titled 8MM (produced by RJD2). The video was directed by Ivan himself and the track features his most convincing flows to date. "I never killed time, I made love to it gently, so imagine my surprise when I found that it left me," spits Ivan. Fans can check out the video here.

Stranger is the follow up to 2010's First of the Month album, and embodies a much darker and cinematic feel. Ivan recently spoke candidly about the making of the record, "As an artist, I feel like it's all the stuff I've been wanting to say for years... whereas before I was releasing something once or twice a year on average (whether it be album, mixtape, ep) - I really took my time with this one. I recorded more than I needed and took tracks off the album until I felt I couldn't take anymore off, and I was left with Stranger."

Ivan Ives originally stepped into the hip hop world in 2007, manifesting a name for himself with his clever aggressive wordplay and innovative musicality. Rolling Stone named him among the next 40 artists to watch; SPIN called him one of 8 top unsigned artists; and XXL said "don't let his indie rocker persona fool you - this guy can spit." He's worked with the likes of Cappadonna (Wu-Tang), Tre Hardson (Pharcyde), Percee P & Oh No (Stones Throw), The Cool Kids, Black Milk, O.C. (DITC), Vast Aire (Def Jux), Ceschi (Fake Four Inc), and many more.

Ivan has just announced a live performance at Da Bar in Newport Beach / Fashion Island on Saturday, August 10th.

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