IamSu! Gives Details on ‘Sincerely Yours’ Album, Collaborators & More at Listening Session [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
One would think the critical success of YG’s ‘My Krazy Life’ and the immediate positive response to Sage the Gemini’s ‘Remember Me’ LP puts some pressure on fellow West Coast representative IamSu!. The bouncy, hit-by-potential hit nature of his debut album, ‘Sincerely Yours,’ and his candidness about the project says otherwise.
IamSu! was mostly smiles during the listening party for ‘Sincerely Yours’ at 333 Recordings in New York City Wednesday night (March 26). He was informal and amiable throughout th evening, greeting many of the attendees in the studio space. Although he kept that demeanor when he talked to The Boombox in a recording booth sealed off from the festivities, IamSu! made it a point to address that he’s all business when it comes to what he has in store over the next few months.
An interesting reveal is that a collaboration album with Sage the Gemini may be in the works. The two Bay Area stars worked together on the club hit ‘Gas Pedal,’ which gave both artists the highest-charting single of their careers at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100. The new album is still in the planning stages though.
“We haven’t even started it yet. His label pitched it to us and we both said we’re down,” IamSu! reveals. “We just work well together.”
The Bay Area rhymer also shares that ‘Sincerely Yours’ was pushed back a few weeks from its April release date because of sample clearance issues. His debut will now drop on May 13. To help alleviate the wait, fans should be expecting the music video to the 2 Chainz and Sage the Gemini-featured song ‘Only That Real’ next week. The delay for the video’s release is due to animation sequences, according to IamSu!
‘I Love My Squad’ will be the next single off the album, and IamSu! will also shoot the accompanying music video next week. This is one busy guy.
As for what fans can expect from ‘Sincerely Yours,’ IamSu! taps Bay Area legends Too $hort and E-40, Sage the Gemini, Wiz Khalifa and Taylor Gang’s Berner for the effort.
“It just worked out naturally; those are all my homies that I named,” IamSu! says of the collaborators.
Tha Bizness, Jake One, Trackademicks and the Invasion will have production credits on the project.
During the ‘Sincerely Yours’ listening, the names of the songs were hard to catch, however, it feels like a very quick-moving effort for 15 tracks. It’s fluent, too, which is impressive with the variety of producers involved. ‘Sincerely Yours’ features the digestible hi-hats and snaps IamSu! succeeded in curating on last year’s ‘Kilt 2,’ but there is a more pronounced presence of synths here. Certain tracks give his debut a slightly moodier feel.
Take a look at IamSu!’s Slvstr-designed ‘Sincerely Yours’ album cover.