Earlier this year, Zebra Katz released a captivating single called “ISH” that is now featured on his full length album LESS IS MOOR.
Ojay Morgan, who performs as Zebra Katz, is a first-generation Jamaican-American who burst onto the scene when his hit single “Ima Read” paved the way for his distinctive genre-defiant sound. As an artist, rapper, producer, and performer, Zebra Katz is a compelling multidisciplinary artist who embraces the darkness the Black community has faced and urges to bring power to those who have suffered.
“ISH” is one of the most sexually charged, abrasive songs on the album that promotes a bold, sonic universe fighting systems of oppression. To accompany the single, a sensually sinister music video was released directed by Joseph Delaney. In speaking of the dark nature of the video, Katz explained that “With this visual, I wanted to capture and release the rage I’m constantly in as a Black artist. This is what happens when I lose it — in a non-threatening and sensual way.”
LESS IS MOOR acts as an example of Katz’ desire to repossess his narrative and continually explore issues like the Black experience and sexuality. “ISH” accomplishes this with a poetic edge of haunting imagery.
“The track is about boldly owning your shit (ISH) and amping yourself to face what’s ultimately ahead. The video begins with an alarm to warn the viewer of the abrasiveness that’s to come,” Katz explains.
With the battle to recognize and condemn systemic racism as well as the centuries of oppression the Black community has faced, an abrasively dark yet catalyzing single is needed to encourage the fight against the injustice that continually plagues the Black community. “ISH” embodies the determination that is needed to go against oppressive power not just today, but every day moving forward.