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    IshDARR - "Sugar"

    Billy Joel-inspired and backed by a soul-tinged bounce, “Sugar,” Milwaukee upstart IshDARR’s latest, lets his girl know she’s perfect just the way she is. The summery tune is joyful. It’s also, perhaps more importantly, appreciative. In a genre so frequently plagued by one-sided accounts of male-female relationships, he shows respect and shares his enamored state.

    Medasin, a gifted Texas producer, helps Ish paint his picture. Worldwide travels, mall shopping splurges, endearing nicknames, and compassionate deliveries make it hard to believe this record was inspired by anything but a very real, very important woman in the rapper’s life. That alone makes it notable.—Alex Siber

    IshDARR played our recent No Ceilings showcase in NY. Check out pictures here.