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KC Soundcheck: Irv Da PHENOM

Kansas City Rapper Irv Da PHENOM holds a Wolverine comic in his right hand and a Deadpool comic in his left hand
Courtesy of Irv Da PHENOM
Irv Da PHENOM holds Wolverine and Deadpool comics at Vintage Stock in Kansas City, Missouri.

Irv Da PHENOM!’s song “Red and Yellow” has been a Kansas City anthem since its release in 2010. Now, the song has been given a second life after being picked up by Marvel for the soundtrack of “Deadpool & Wolverine.”

KC Soundcheck is KCUR's spotlight for Kansas City musicians on the rise, as heard on Up To Date. Who should we interview next? Send us a text at 816-601-4777.

A singer, rapper and voice actor: Mitchell Irving Jr., also known as Irv Da PHENOM!, is truly a phenomenon.

Irving has been a part of Kansas City's rap scene since the late 2000s.

His song “Red and Yellow” — adapted from the Wiz Khalifa anthem "Black and Yellow" — has been a Kansas City anthem since its release in 2010. Now, the song has been given a second life after being picked up by Marvel for the soundtrack of the upcoming film "Deadpool & Wolverine."

Irving also recently celebrated the release of his seventh studio album, “Big Lover.” He says he’s committed to pushing artistic boundaries.

“I like to look at my music as cinema that you can listen to,” Irving said. “When I create an album I want it to be immersive. I want my listeners to trust me to take them on a ride for the next 45 minutes.”

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Sireen Abayazid is the Up To Date intern. She is a native of Omaha and a recent graduate of Mizzou, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Email her at sabayazid@kcur.org.
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