She may be new to the scene, but Compton’s Ill Camille has a polished product on her hands with her debut LP. Matching strong production from respected West Coast beatmakers like Terrace Martin and Battlecat with heat from undiscovered talents like ESharp and Sega, The Pre-Write demonstrates the budding MC’s personality, her versatility and insight into what makes her tick. The soundscapes range from bouncy funk and slick soulful arrangements to atmospheric synths and the customary reggae-tinged weed song, with the vibe throughout underlying the lyricism, carefree positivity, and classic b-girl aesthetic Camille pushes with her rhymes.
Highlights include the second track, “Keep Goin Hard” featuring an assist by the always-stellar BJ the Chicago Kid, and the Battlecat-produced single “All I Know”, with Brevi on the hook. The video for the latter really drives home the old-school sensibilities Ill Camille portrays, and shows how much fun she and her crew are having. Overall The Pre-Write shows a lot of potential, but more than that it stands on its own as a strong project that proves Sean P. wrong about the state of the female MC.
If you’re in the LA area this Friday, July 1, you can catch Ill Camille rapping at the release party for a youth-produced mixtape by the high schoolers who attend SIPA Sessions, a program where kids get to learn life skills while creating Hip-Hop music, run by friends of TSS such as DJ Phatrick & Bambu, among others. Click here for the full details.