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.