After previously focusing on hip-hop with tracks such as ‘Push It’ (feat. Pusha T) and ‘We Run’ (feat. French Montana, Wale and Raekwon), iSHi was freshly inspired by his love of old school RnB–the music that has soundtracked the best moments of his life.
The result is ‘Have Mercy’, a slick and immediately infectious track that brings the best of ‘90s RnB right up to date. The British-Jamaican/Swedish artist Shenie Fogo makes a striking introduction to her talents with a topline that exudes both power and soul, while Maleek Berry is on-hand to give the track an Afrobeats vibe. And you may well recognise the hook – a bass-heavy modernisation of Diana King’s ‘Shy Guy’ which famously featured on the soundtrack to the film ‘Bad Boys’.
‘Have Mercy’ came from a dark time in my life,” says iSHi. “When I removed myself from toxic environments, destructive people and relationships, I finally found a spark in myself and the music came back to life. The song means a lot to me, not only because of its pureness, but also for how it healed me through this moment in my life. I hope other people can feel the happiness that I experience when listening to the track.”