SAMMUS (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is a Philadelphia-based rap artist,producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-proclaimed nerds and geeks, among others.
"Nope" is Izzy True's first full length release. In 2012, Isabel dropped out of school and moved home to deal with mental illness. The record was born out of that experience, and the desire for a cathartic and joyful way to combat those issues. Isabel says of the direction of the album "I've always played weepy, sad sack stuff. I mean I still do, but I consciously started to write songs that would be fun to see live, that would make me feel like a powerful guitar guy. I felt terrible, and playing sad songs all the time didn't help. I was trying to manifest something else." The end result is a rock and roll album which makes space for misery. Nope is about magic, loneliness, and learning to like yourself.