What we know about Issue: He wears a mask. He loves tea. He's E-40's son. These are just facts, albeit fascinating ones. Facts don't make the man, though—sprawling two-disc, 30-song releases do, and this one's a doozy. Issue takes us on a journey through peaceful, eerie soundscapes, his thoughtful near-spoken-word flow lighting the path. Cohorts like Little Pain, KOOL A.D., and Lofty305 spring from the shadows like strange Narnian creatures bearing blunted, worming verses. It's Issue-time, though: prepare yourself for 90 minutes of sexual fantasies, vehicular fantasies, spiritual fantasies, a whole lot of tea, and a surprising amount of feng shui. Intrepid listeners will emerge on the other side with a new comprehension of the cryptic intelligence behind the mask. Pour up some Earl Grey, kick back, get down.
We've got the exclusive premiere, and you can download the whole thing for free here. While you're at it, check out Issue's very based edition of Firsties and Faves, below.
First drug experience?
I never did drugs before, I would say this though. About three years ago I had to get my wisdom teeth pulled out, at the time I was listening to Pink Floyd's The Wall. On "Bring The Boys Back Home" at 0:58 theres a very trippy part where they added sound effects. When I was at the dentist they gave me laughing gas and I was out of it. I was hearing that part of the song over and over again.
It was cool, during school. Had an audience.
Favorite recurring dream?
Honestly I don't have dreams that I remember too well in the morning, but I like to think that when I'm in them it's another dimension. I always think happy so I have positive dreams. Azure Dreams are the rarest dreams. They're blue, cold, crisp wintery dreams. I don't have them very often but that's the kind of vivid state of mind I was in when making the mixtape.
Favorite item you would buy with unlimited funds?
Favorite physical spot for deep thoughts and reflection?
I honestly enjoyed The Great Gatsby, It was a good book.
Favorite thing to collect?
I collect comic books.
First time you felt infinite?
When I put on the mask.
Favorite party you've ever been to?
Issue doesn't really party too much, he just hangs with the homies and plays 2k15 and plays dominoes.
First song you loved?
My parents said when I was one year old I liked "Sprinkle Me" by E-40.
Azure Dreams Tracklist:
01. Alive (Intro) (prod. by Deebs)
02. Filthy feat. Little Pain (prod. by B00 Radley)
03. Airplane Mode feat. Lofty305 (prod. by Dirge)
04. Red Carpets (prod. by B00 Radley)
05. Waterfalls (prod. by Jonathan Cloud)
06. Yusuke Urameshi feat. Jonathan Cloud (prod. by Jonathan Cloud)
07. I Can't Stand It (prod. by ISSUE)
08. On The Tab (prod. by Jae Marley)
09. Bentley (prod. by Bad Channels)
10. Too Wise G feat. Lofty305 & Grey Misst (prod. by ISSUE)
11. Turquoise (prod. by ISSUE)
12. Mystic Referee (prod. by ISSUE)
13. Regenerate (prod. by B00 Radley)
14. Why?! (prod. by William Sneddon)
15. So High (prod. by ISSUE)
01. Boss To The Third (prod. by Cex)
02. West Coast (prod. by BatmanOnTheBeatz)
03. Zonin feat. Kool A.D. (prod. by Keyboard Kid)
04. I'm The Twilight Zone (prod. by Hanz)
05. Los Angeles (prod. by B00 Radley)
06. Marble Beams (prod. by Caleb Stone)
07. Thank You (prod. by Tynethys)
08. Love You Like I Can (prod. by Chemise)
09. In The Back (prod. by Budha Tha Great)
10. Raging Bull (prod. by Cex)
11. Global Tycoons (prod. by Jonathan Cloud)
12. Philosophies (prod. by Joshua Heflinger)
13. Unity (prod. by B00 Radley)
14. We The Kings (prod. by Horse Head)
15. She Sends Me To The Clouds (prod. by Lil 'Merica)
16. Bonus - The Chrome (prod. by ISSUE)