|"...they are all about what's happening that a lot of people ain't even hip to yet. IsWhat?! are part of the next movement." -- Rahzel (of The Roots)
"IsWhat?! explores, moves forward, streches out, looks back, all the ingredients needed to move to the next level of blending spoken word and music. Creativity, spirit and more, check it out!" - Oliver Lake
"You Figure It Out is a downright stunning album that announces Iswhat?! as one of the best, most creative acts to ever erect a bridge between Jazz and Hip Hop."
– Cincinnati City Beat
Exploding out of Cincinnati, Ohio, IsWhat?! deliver a mesmerizing fusion of socially conscious hip-hop, groove and jazz. On their debut album, You Figure It Out, they use predecessors like The Last Poets and Digable Planets as a jumping off point, and land squarely on the groundbreaking turf of acts including Antibalas, DJ Spooky and Spearhead. Led by MC and human beat box, Napoleon Maddox, IsWhat?! are forging a new movement in hop-hop that will be felt far and wide in the years to come.
IsWhat: Jack Walker (tenor sax, alto sax, flute, voice); Napoleon Maddox (MC & Human Beat-Box) Matthew Anderson (string bass, electric bass, scat); Hamid Drake (trap set); DJ Spinna (mix); John Doe (turntables); Michael Barnhart (computer music processing); Animal Crackers (turntables); Liz Wu (vibraphone); John Rusza (cuica)