In an age where artists can easily fabricate their lyrics and some sacrifice authenticity for radio hits, it is always welcoming when you come across someone that isn’t afraid of letting their guard down and being truthful. Born Ian McGirr in Howell, NJ, the 19 year old rapper always dreamed of doing music for a living. Writing songs is an art and Ian treats it as so. On June 28th, he released his debut album “Paradise On The Ground”, an extremely honest and heartfelt miscellany of songs, of which he says was inspired by a number of things, most notably his friends.
“My homies really inspired me to just keep working by supporting my craft. I just want to make a life for me and my homies and I feel like if I work hard enough this will all pay off.”
The album begins with the title track, featuring a sample from Oh Wonder’s “All We Do”. Indy sets the tone, plotting his come up and hoping one day he can make his dreams a reality. Another album highlight is “Marvin Gaye”, a remix of the popular song by Charlie Puth, of YouTube fame and Meghan Trainor. Indy puts his own spin on the catchy pop hit and is sure to have people of all age groups bopping their heads.
The standout track might be “It’s Alright”, a transparent and emotional cut where Indy airs his personal grievances, a track which could be taken two different ways. Is life truly alright and is this Indy purely getting things off his chest, or is there something more to it?
“I feel like a lot of rappers have goals to buy their parent’s houses and cars or whatever but I’m just focused on creating a good life for myself and creating opportunities for all my homies and maybe one day I’ll have enough to pay off my parents mortgage or some shit like that”
Sometimes when rappers speak on future aspirations, personal issues or the fact that they’re steady grinding their way to the top, it can come off cheesy due to poor execution, but with this album, that is not necessarily the case. The overall vibes are oddly reminiscent of Machine Gun Kelly’s 2012 album Lace Up in that we have an underdog who feels doubted time and time again and has gone through hell and back to be the best at everything he puts his mind to; a person who is so passionate about music that he’s willing to die for it. If you’re reading this, switch out music for any passion you or anyone may have. You’ll see that people of all walks of life can relate, which is why I believe that Indy is here for the long haul.
Though it’s a ways away, you can catch Indy at the Windstock Music Festival in Freehold, NJ on December 19th. Til then, keep up to date with him on Twitter and Instagram and you might see him perform in your city.