With his debut album out today on b4, Asha Imuno shares five influential tracks.

Marking the first full-length release on the b4 label, Imuno’s Good News is slick, harmonious, and searing. Across the album the LA-based rapper and producer showcases the full range of his sound, drawing on influences he grew up with from church choirs and marching bands to his parents’ soul and hip-hop records. An expansive 14 track listen, Good News sees Imuno take us through a raw, hypnotic journal of his journey so far, encompassing the highs and lows with honest, compelling realism.

“A lot of Good News is about redemption and the struggle to claim your place in the world,” Imuno explains. “SIX PACK pulls from those ideas, but this one is more about getting to know the kid that I used to be and the man I’m becoming.” Speaking further on making Good News he elaborates, Making this record has been equally about pushing myself to uncomfortable places as a writer and producer as well as exercising my newfound confidence.”

Get to know Asha Imuno In Five…

SOLANGE – BORDERLINE (AN ODE TO SELF CARE)

In this song, Solo & Q-Tip are talking about abandoning something familiar for the sake of living the best version of their lives. One of the driving themes of my album Good News is knowing when to throw away the mold of your lifestyle and switch it up so I really felt this one.

ISAIAH RASHAD – TITY & DOLLA (FEAT HUGH AUGUSTINE & JAY ROCK)

Isaiah Rashad been one of my biggest influences in rap since like middle school. This song honestly got some of the craziest staple flows that fed me getting started but more than anything it motivated me to get serious about being authentically myself in the music.

YOUNG THUG – CONSTANTLY HATING

Thug came out the gate fearlessly being himself, so he’s always gonna be a big influence on how I maintain my idea of myself. Nobody does rap singing like him either.

TWISTA – OVERNIGHT CELEBRITY

The way Twista fits all of the syllables into the bars without compromising wordplay and theme is timelessly inspiring to me as a rapper. At the same time Ye comes with one the greatest beat/hook combos of his golden age, which forms the foundation for what I do best.

BRANDY – LUCID DREAMS

B7 is a gorgeous album start to finish, but this song struck a cord with me more than anything I had heard in a while before it came out. The songwriting is vulnerable and I can relate to feeling like I’ve been abusing the comforts of life in the way Brandy does here.

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Good News is out via b4 now. 

Photo credit: Brandon Kwon