Izzy Strange

Izzy Strange Biography

Stephen Hernley aka Izzy Strange is an American rapper and songwriter. He was raised in the rural area of Scottdale, Pennsylvania (about 45 minutes south of Pittsburgh). The producer/emcee has opened up for the likes of Corey Gunz, K Camp, Chris Webby, Hi-Rez, Milo, Blu & Exile, Kat Dahlia, RITTZ, Illogic, Soul Kahn, Real Deal, Louis Logic, Ceschi Ramos and more.

Izzy’s gone under a plethora of stage names and has been involved in different groups since he started creating music at eighteen. At the age of twenty-five, Strange began to fully focus on music professionally.

With a new found ambition, the emcee started booking shows in New York, Ohio and Maryland. He was able to do so through fellow artists he met on the internet and at shows in Pittsburgh. He then ventured to the west coast where he joined the Perceptive Perspectives tour and traveled around in California, Washington, Oregon and Canada.

After touring, he started putting on the finishing touches on his debut mixtape under the Izzy Strange moniker. He flew to Los Angeles to work with his home town friend and Grammy Award Winner, Nate Fox. After three days without leaving the studio, they had the project mixed and ready to be mastered.


Izzy released his debut album, “Dinner With My Enemies”, on April 15th, 2015. This release garnered attention within the blog world and caught the ear of BREAL TV’s own, Eddie B Swift. Eddie interviewed Izzy on his “Syndicated Mind Trip Show” in Yonkers, New York. During the segment, they would debut one of the album’s singles, “Pay Our Bills”. The release also got him his first radio interview on Pittsburgh WAMO station under their Future Flavaz segment.

In 2017, Izzy returned with his sophomore album, “A Good Day 2 B the Bad Guy”. The project features the likes of Mick Jenkins, Blu, Eligh, Open Mike Eagle and Red Pill. Production for the project came from Nate Fox, Casa Nada and Netherfriends. Stepping away from the production on this project, Izzy was able to focus more on his rhyme schemes and lyrics. He started releasing singles from the project in 2016, building up a strong buzz for the release. The album and it’s songs have been featured and premiered on platforms such as HHDX, 2 Dope Boyz, ItsBizkit, Triple HQ, SOHH, The Hype Magazine and many more.

He is currently working on his third full effort project, “The Die Is Cast”. Along with that, he is currently campaigning his “Strange Crow” EP with Eligh and has brand new singles coming this year with Blu and Mick Jenkins.