Innanet James is the embodiment of what it’s like to go from bedroom recording to finding your way into the hip hop scene, successfully. James showed that with enough determination, a full-time focus, a solid online presence and outreach emails to influential music platforms such as Pigeons and Planes, one can come a long way. For James, the innanet is his playground.
“I was working at DSW and going to art classes. I took a graphic design class but didn’t like it. It wasn’t my thing. Then, one day, as I got to work, I was like, “Fuck that shit.” I turned right back around, went home, and just started writing raps.” James explains in his Pitchfork interview. A statement so inspirational that I decided that my own Eureka day should happen in 2018.
His Quebec Place EP (not Canada Quebec, but a residential street in Washington D.C.) describes his story in more depth. Inspired by rap, R&B, and go-go, the EP showcases James’ his striking voice and wysiwyg lyrics. Apart from his solo work, his features are worth mentioning too. James has teamed up with must-know names such as KALLITECHNIS, RayanaJay, Mac Ayers and Kaytra’s baby brother Lou Phelps. The result? Listen underneath.