Smalltown Emcee -
Soda Pop -
Izz the Unknown izz a walking contradiction. His music invokes the Golden Age of hip hop that existed long before he was born — his ancestral spirits are Lords of the Underground, Public Enemy, EPMD, GZA. His style sounds like the streets of 1990s New York, but it was forged in freestyle battles in the small southern town of Reidsville, North Carolina, where monuments to the Confederacy still stand and still fall. Izz has been compared to lyricists such as Lupe Fiasco and J. Cole, and he has been featured on NCHipHop.net.