Dripping with a grimy, intellectual Northwest sound, Oldominion/Sandpeople cohort IAME has established himself as an inventive and prolific solo artist and one of the region’s best kept secrets. He has spent the last decade honing his skills and forging his own lane, even launching his own label in 2012 with Heaven Noise Recordings. Previous albums showcase IAME’s thoughtfulness and are soaked in clever folksy samples and soulful beats. Whether battle-rapping or performing his fleshed-out material, the Portland lyricist is well aware of the weight of words—constructing dirty knockout punch lines and in the same breath acknowledging his own human weaknesses.
Since his 2012 post-swag opus Lame$tream, IAME has taken a break from touring to work on his side projects, Wool See and McJameson. Wool See, a one-man-band in which IAME writes and performs all of the music and lyrics, was recently unveiled with the release of the free Winter Worn EP – 4 songs inspired by the holiday season, current events, and cold-world realities. McJameson, consisting of IAME and fellow Sandpeople emcee Goldini Bagwell, will be releasing their long-awaited debut album later this year on Heaven Noise Recordings.
IAME’s album I Am My Enemy reached #3 on the CMJ hip hop charts, behind only Mos Def and Eyedea & Abilities.
IAME has been featured on MTVu.com for the Sandpeople video “Hate Aside” and has seen regular rotation on MTV Australia for the video “Roll Call (feat. Sandpeople),” which was a collaboration with Australian producer DJ Bonez.
IAME has shared stages with such notable performers as Wu-Tang Clan, E-40, Lyrics Born, Chali 2na (Jurassic 5), Guru (Gangstarr), Living Legends, Aesop Rock, Mr. Lif, Jedi Mind Tricks, Fatlip, Boot Camp Clik, and has been consistently touring the midwest and west coast with such acts as Grayskul (Rhymesayers), Sleep (Up Above/Strange Famous), The Chicharones (Camobear), Awol One and the Shape Shifters, Boom Bap Project (Rhymesayers), Luckyiam (Living Legends), and acclaimed Australian group Bliss N Eso (Illusive Sounds).