But this isn’t his first foray into the indie spotlight. Back in August 2013, he released his We’ve Met Before EP under his former alias Mateo, which topped the iTunes R&B Charts. Since his last release, he’s written songs for artists including Rihanna (“Desperado”), Alicia Keys, and has had songs placement on the hit TV show, Empire. Most recently, he wrote on DJDS’ “No Pain” featuring Khalid, Charlie Wilson and Charlotte Day Wilson.
Now Iman embarks on a new musical journey. One that embodies the tenants of his name Iman, meaning "Faith.” “It’s the hero’s journey. The journey to understand oneself,” he says. “The revelation of how complete and whole I’ve always been, even when I forgot it.” His self-titled EP, which will be his first official release under his birth name, tells the artists' story of self-love, acceptance, redemption, and transcendence. And there is no doubt that this is the beginning of this eternally rising star.