Multi-talented New Jersey hip-hop artist IamG releases his debut EP La Mia Vita today via independent Deuces Up Entertainment. The 9-track EP features guest appearances by HBK Bay Area rapper IamSu! and Rhode Island native Mike Stud. Lead single and baller anthem “100 Grand” produced by D&D. Directed by Chucky Millions, the “100 Grand” music video recently premiered, while the carefree, feel good anthem already has over 100K Soundcloud plays. La Mia Vita captures the party energy of IamG’s early mixtapes, The Movement and Ain’t Nothing To It, and adds to it the perspective of a successful independent artist with several stints on the road under his belt.
IamG didn’t begin to take music seriously until his last year of high school. Prior to that, he was focused on being one of the star players on the renowned soccer team for New Jersey’s prestigious Pingry School. During his senior year, the team ranked seventh in the country in addition to scoring country championships and state titles. After competing in Spain, Czech Republic, Italy, and Germany as well as becoming the starting goalie, IamG was extended an opportunity to play professionally for Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, but his parents insisted that he attend college instead.
Influenced by the likes of Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G., KRS-One, Big L, Drake, Lil Wayne and IamG’s father’s playlist (Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, Salt N Pepa), IamG began creating his own music. “I started making these freestyle videos and stuck with it and got better and better,” he said. He enrolled in Syracuse and majored in Music Business while continuing to hone his rapping. By his sophomore year, Chris Webby, his friend and fellow rapper, referred him to DJ Whoo Kid from 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records. Whoo Kid invited IamG to join the Shadyville University tour where he hit the road 15 days a semester. During his junior year, he began touring with Mike Studd. He wrote his thesis on the merger of hip-hop and West Indian culture, taking more inspiration from his father’s Jamaican roots.