Continuing to spit straight from the heart, King Iso serves up a powerful new single and music video entitled “Way You Are” via Strange Music. He discusses his son’s Autism, his own OCD, and other neurodivergences without filter—and with the true empathy and eternal love of a father.
It stands out as his most important and personal song yet.
About the song, he commented, “My son being diagnosed with ASD level 1 was a scary moment for me not knowing really anything about it. His daycare at the time abruptly terminated his care, which didn’t help either. I honestly just didn’t want my child to not be accepted just because he’s different, and I relate to that a ton—knowing how it feels to have society prejudge you with my own diagnoses. I do as much research as I can and work with his team at his school, and it’s helped a ton. I always put my life in my music and wanted to share this with everyone who may be going through the same.”
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On the track, ethereal loops add texture to sparse 808s. Iso alternates between cadences with the ease of a Swiss Army Knife, fluctuating the speed of his rhymes masterfully. Most importantly, he champions children and adults on the Autism spectrum.
Speaking from experience, he opens up, “My kid’s 3-years-old, and it’s troubling to see them study him like they studied me,” and urges “To celebrate ‘em, not regulate ‘em, is what we need.” The visual proves uplifting and tearful as it focuses on Iso and his little boy in a nursery.
At the end, he issues a crucial statement and dedication, “From anybody on the spectrum or dealing with Autism from my kid to kids around the world to teens, young adults, you are not sick, you are fine just the way you are.”
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