Raw energy, pure love, intelligence, realness, and gifted are just a few words that come to mind when you hear Iatia Love speak. A few weeks ago I saw Iatia Love rapping and filming a video. I wanted to know who he was. I introduced myself and he informed me he was shooting a freestyle video and gave me his Instagram @IatiaLove . I've been tuned into his grind ever since. His versatility and vivacity is tangible. Take the time to listen to his words and you'll hear his real and consistent message of love, his passionate spirit, and truthfulness . To sum it up he's on his Philly jawn you know thorough s***. Iatia is for sure an artist to keep your eyes on. His new project has no features, just hot story telling verses. His versatility is straight forward on songs like Illegal, Double Doors, Jermaine , and Fke Smilez . Whoa, DreamTeam 1& 2, Realside, spurs explosive amounts of motivation and drive. "One Night" has a stimulating smooth poetic vibe. Then there's track 10, #FreeLove and the title speaks for itself. So check out our interview below, watch the FreeLove documentary, and download and share #FreeLove.
When did music become apart of you ?
Iatia : Thanks for having me...The beginning. I was always drawn to music. My Grandmom used to play oldies that honestly used to get on my nerves, but later on I'd grow to realize the music I loved in rap came from sampling those songs. Then I grew a respect for all music.
How did it feel the first time you stepped in the studio?
Iatia: Accomplished. I just wanted more. I wanted to do more. I was instantly hooked. I didn't like my voice though. I felt like it wasn't distinctive or strong enough. I have a whole different voice today, though.
You live a vegan lifestyle. If hip hop was a vegan dish, what would it be and why?
Iatia: A big chaotic platter with random things everywhere on a big plate. Not neat. No method to the placement. Just the most streamed plate on the planet.
In your "Free Love " documentary you discussed wanting to make healing music, being conscious, and a gospel rapper. What does all this mean to you?
Iatia: I wanted to simplify my message as much as possible. Break it down like a fraction. At one time, I made music to be the best at making music. Now, I make music from the core of my being, for people who I think should hear it. It may look, or feel one way but look deeper. Feel deeper. It's a message in everything I touch. Listen to "RealSide" from #FREELOVE. I break it all down.
You give credit to God for your gift. A lot of people don't do that. What does your connection with God mean to you ?
Iatia : If it wasn't for Source, I'd have no opportunity to be who I Am. I Am just a vessel. I'm Holy. God Lives and speaks through me. I'm a tool for The Creator.
This powerful line "Don't run from your black, Overstand your image under attack". That bar might go over a lot of people's heads. What do you want the listeners to get from that?
Iatia: I tend to like things that are original. Things that are true to what the nature of said thing is. I don't want to see a tree attempt to be a dog. If your hair grows in tight spirals, and you want to straighten it, cool. Just know what it is. Do it because you think it's dope. Don't do things to fit societal norms, or what's fed to you as the "it" look. One thing about what's "it" is "it" changes constantly. The hot body type from the 60's is not the same as the 70's. 70's not like the 80's and so on. I'm seeing some of these less melanated women taking on every black feature, except skin tone.
Congrats on your release of your "Free Love" project and having your release event. What do you want the world to get from your message ?
Iatia : I want them to know who they are. Creators. I want them to know that we all have trials, and they are made to define you, not break you. I want them to connect with source and find the Oneness. Everything is Everything. Don't hide. Take it in stride.
You give back to the community and make sure young men have school supplies. How can people help?
Iatia: Join #teamLOVE aka 1Nation. The easiest way to support the children and community is to support the music and merch from IAtIA LoVE. This is not a business tactic. It just all ties in. What I get, I give. One day, I will have enough to have a big conference, invite press and donate the big check. Until then, I give as I get, with Love.
Which one of your songs mean the most to you ?
Iatia: Different ones in different ways. I'd say "RealSide" is the one record I'd play for a complete stranger who wanted to know what I'm about. With "Double Doors", the original lyrics, I cried writing. Almost cried laying it.
If you listen closely, you can hear it.
Name three things that represent the "RealSide" to you ?
Iatia : The RealSide is the projects across america. The RealSide is the people who do more with less, and create things that'll change the world, like Hip-Hop. The RealSide is that feeling you get when you do something that agrees with who you are, wholly. Thanks Again.
I attended his release event in Philly at Inkster on November 25,2017. All the Kreatives came out to support. Iatia performed different tracks from his new project. Everyone networked and had a good time partying and enjoying #FreeLove !