Louisiana artist Isabell Slim opens up about his latest music video “Is That Him [Slim].” With 7,000+ views amassed in just a few days, Isabell is really the talk of the town. We had to catch up with him before he really takes off! Check out the interview below!
RESPECT.: How did you get you start in music and when?
3 years ago. My homeboy always rapped. I was always around him and he told me I should rap. I eventually started doing it myself and I suddenly started seeing engagement. I started getting more recognition than the guy that told me to rap. I knew a lot of people and I had the sources but I just didn’t rap. This rap career is really working. The population where I am from is very small so nothing happens over night.
RESPECT.: I feel like Lousina is not a place a lot of artists come from.
Nope. Whenever people say Louisiana people think New Orleans. People just don’t know that there’s more than that.
RESPECT.: I really enjoy your music and I want to know where does your sound come from? Is that a Louisiana sound?
My homebody gave me that whole flow and I just took it and ran with it.
RESPECT.: For the “Is That Him” music video, how did that some about?
I’ve had the song for awhile. I record a bunch of songs and then I come back to them and and I make videos to them. I have so much finished music and I am to give people a variety of songs. I don’t want to make music with same subject over and over again. In every song I try not to sound the same.
RESPECT.: Was that all of your creative direction behind the video?
Yes! Every song and video you see I created myself. I’m very talented so in my mind I have so many different visions. I sit down and think all day. In my phone’s notepad I write whatever I thinkovertime and I tell whoever shoots the video my vision.
RESPECT.: I liked how simple the music video is and how you just went straight into the video.
It’s 2020 and most of the people that are going to engage are around 13-19 so I don’t want to do all that big stuff. They want something nice. The beat goes so hard it doesn’t even matter what I’m saying.
RESPECT.: I’m a beat listener myself.
I don’t care what I’m talking about. It’s the beat that goes so hard in “Is That Him.”
RESPECT.: What is something you feel was overlooked ? And congratulations on the 7,000+ views. I bet that feels great.
Yeah where I’m from it’s like 3,000 people so it blows me away that people really watch. Something I feel that was overlooked is me repeatedly saying “I just came down.” I’m saying that throughout the entire song. It’s an adlib that I do throughout the song from start to finish. It’s an ode to that country, down south rap where everything is chopped and screwed. I really wanted to stand out.
RESPECT.: Can you give us some background regarding your stage name?
I live on a street called Isabella and mafia is my brotherhood or crew name. Everyone thinks it’s a girl name but I just named it after my street and changed the lettering.
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