Ice Spice is an exciting yet puzzling character within contemporary hip-hop. The Bronx artist burst onto the scene in 2022 following her viral TikTok track ‘Munch’ and quickly rose to fame. However, the culture is still unsure about how much longevity her music has.
The star (real name Isis Gaston) began her career as a New York drill artist and had never been in a recording studio until the end of 2021. However, her prevalence on WorldStarHipHop turned heads and ‘Munch’ certified her as an artist.
Usually, a new rapper who has just broken into the mainstream already has a good few projects under their belt. Whether it’s mixtapes, EPs or others, they have a catalogue from their time on the underground. However, Gaston arrived empty-handed with a sudden legion of avid fans.
Ice Spice performed at Drake’s OVO Fest last year after she released ‘Munch’, but in an interview disclosed that Drake followed her, asked her to perform, and then unfollowed her. Despite this, the ‘Deli’ emcee has continued to thrive and has performed at large-scale festivals, including Rolling Loud Cali, Wireless Festival and HOT 97’s Summer Jam.
Irrespective of her talent or lack of, Gaston has become one of the biggest names in female rap after Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion. She released ‘Barbie World’ alongside Nicki Minaj for the soundtrack of Greta Gerwig’s new Barbie movie last month and has continued to grow.
Last month, the Bronx native released the deluxe edition of her Like..? EP which featured an additional four new tracks. The exclusive unreleased songs included, ‘How High?,’ ‘Butterfly Ku,’ ‘On The Radar,’ and of course, the highlight, ‘Deli.’
Ice Spice has had a lot of interviews since her emergence. She has spoken with the likes of Zane Lowe on Apple Radio, Ebro Darden on HOT 97.0 and Cosmopolitan magazine. However, in an interview with ELLE, Gaston revealed her influences and even her three favourite albums. You can see her three picks below.
Ice Spice’s three favourite albums:
- Azealia Banks – Fantasea, (2012)
- Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint, (2014)
- Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly, (2015)