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We've already tried to explain to you what makes The ILLZ so unique: his dark music, deep, borderline mysterious voice, and focused subject matter all make for quite the cinematic listening experience.
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Back in the day, diggin' in the crates meant when you found some sort of unearthed sample ready to be transformed into groundbreaking Hip-Hop, it was yours and yours alone for the sole glory. In the age of the Internet, the same chop, loop or break you're eyeing could very already be in the process of being worked on. Just last year, British synthpop duo La Roux created a timeless, disco number named "In For The Kill" which went on to be remixed by dubstep wonder Skream.
No need to wait around and let XXL tell you who you should look out for. Generation Next is out to give the young, gifted & talented a sturdy platform to shine bright for the world to see. Up first, you know him to be more visual than your average artist, The Illz breaks down his In Between Video Series (download here) and proves he's got more energy than a lil' bit on his live show.
Ever since Meka moved to New York, game got real. Our homies over at the (2)Dopehouse show their love and appreciation for the Big Apple rap circuit with their mixtape A (2)Dope Mixtape: Empire State Edition.
When the track kicks off, you'll swear that you pushed play on The Infamous instead but producer ILL Tal gives his own rugged soundbed for The ILLZ to spill bloody ink all over his rap page. This will be the only track Illy releases solo from his In Between Video Seriess but a video is in the works and it is that hardbody Dirty Jerz like Naughty and Latifah used to be. The ILLZ - "ILLYTAL" (Prod. By ILL Tal) | Download However, the skunked-out "Turpentine Weed" does have a visual bullet in the chamber and director Kristopher Rey-Talley gives his commentary on the affair yet again: Here we go, Round 2.
Creative angles for artists online continue to cover new ground (as they should) and The ILLZ is looking to follow suite. On August 17th, the In Between Video Series will be available in audio and video form. Nearly every song in this project consists of one verse with no chorus, with the exception of this particular visual right here. For a more in-depth look, here's what filmmaker Kristopher Rey-Talley had to say: When The ILLZ approached me about the "In Between Video series", I was struck by the simple brilliance of it all. Releasing video and song simultaneously, as one piece of content, was a bold and strong move. I signed on immediately, and within a few days, we began shooting the first few videos. Simple, often low concept, but brimming with ILLZ insistence on cinematic imagery. With "Dreams of Life & Beth", I decided to go with a very cold, morbid look. The song is introspective and haunting, and I wanted to convey that through a simplistic set of visuals. Shooting on the Manhattan bridge at 5:30 am, we got that clean ambient light, and complete desertion. Everything was shot on long lenses, creating a sense of deep space and complete loneliness. The video is a mood piece, low on concept but high on artistry and emotion. It is but the first chapter in a varied, complex and beautiful set of upcoming videos, one unlike that of any artist I've worked with thus far. For even more info, visit theillz.com.
Sometimes, it's all in the voice. The ILLZ's voice haunts me. It's brooding and unmistakable, thundering like the dark beats he tends to rap over. That's why this video for "The Moment You Feel Definitive Hope" is the perfect treatment. He sometimes sounds like he's recording in a dark abyss and is the only man that can hear his voice, making it feel like you're listening to his internal monologue more than hearing him perform. His LP,The Pursuit has been getting some considerable burn, playing when I need to get my energy right to write and gather my thoughts. I don't know where these samples come from, but each beat is smooth as hell, creating excellent mood music. Download -- The Illz - The Pursuit LP.