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lllus is one of Hip-Hop’s best kept secrets; an underground emcee and artist hailing from Connecticut, Illus has toured the globe and worked with some of the greatest emcees of all time including Chuck D. (Public Enemy), Dilated Peoples, Blackalicious, R.A. the Rugged Man, and more.

A professional art teacher and world-famous illustrator, Illus is responsible for the official Public Enemy comic book series and has designed and illustrated album art and merchandise for legendary artists such as KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, Freddie Foxxx, Statik Selektah, J-Live, Ill Bill, Apathy, Public Enemy and more.

In 2011, Illus released For Adam, a ten-track collection of songs that epitomize the very best of what Hip-Hop has to offer as an art form and culture; positivity, a hardcore sound, passionate delivery and meaningful lyrics and beats that penetrate the mind and soul and leave the audience feeling inspired. For Adam also featured an incredible collection of talented artists ranging from legends like Freddie Foxxx and Craig G. to newer game-changers like Homeboy Sandman and Eternia and was exclusively produced by JJ Brown. 2011 also saw Illus release The Mask (EP) and his Feel Good Remixes which were produced by DJ Johnny Juice of Public Enemy fame.

2012 promises to be an even better year for Illus, as he and his wife recently welcomed the birth of their first child and his new project, Family First, (5-29-2012) focuses on the shared love of that experience to create 12-tracks that mend meaningful, powerful, heart-felt lyrics to hardcore Hip-Hop production. Family First is a celebration of family and life both in the literal sense and that of the larger global Hip-Hop community and the connection we all have through our children and the spirit, heart, passion and soul of the culture.

On Family First, Illus collaborates lyrically and sonically with some of best emcees and producers in the business. Each emcee featured is also the producer of the track they appear on and this collaborative process is a first for any Hip-Hop project. Family First is also co-produced by Public Enemy luminary DJ Johnny Juice and the star-studded guest emcee/producer list includes; Apathy, Ill Bill, Blueprint, J-Live, Erin Barra, Headsnack, Phashara, Chuuwee, Esoteric and more.

You can pre-order Illus’ Family First LP here:
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/illus/id349574652
UGHH.com: http://www.undergroundhiphop.com/illus-family-first/ILLM1201FFCD/
Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726788789/illus-family-first-and-for-adam-re-release

Tracklisting and credits for Illus’ Family First:

1.) “Family First” (Produced by and featuring Ill Bill)
2.) “The Gift” (Featuring Ill Bill, Blueprint & DJ Johnny Juice, Produced by DJ Johnny Juice)
3.) “Magical” (Produced by and featuring J-Live)
4.) “Eyes of a Child”
5.) “Life” (Produced by and featuring Phashara from the Beatmonstas)
6.) “Sacrifice” (Featuring Logic and godAWFUL, produced by godAWFUL)
7.) “All Love” (Produced by and featuring Erin Barra)
8.) “Super Dad” (Produced by and featuring Esoteric)
9.) “Extraordinary” (Produced by and featuring Blueprint)
10.) “Son of a Beat” (Featuring Chuuwee, Produced by ICBM)
11.) “Daddy Duty” (Produced by and featuring Headsnack)
12.) “Forever” (Produced by and featuring Apathy)

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    Brice - No War at 1.51
    on June 26, 2014 03:40

    Dope. Love it. We should build.

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    The Freddie Foxxx Episode at 7.41
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    Salute! Bumpy Knuckles is the man!

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    Color In The Snow Feat. DeM AtlaS, Joe Horton &... at 3.47
    on December 19, 2013 18:08

    Another beautiful track. Thank you!

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    League Of Extraordinary HipHop Dads - Unfinishe... at 2.57
    on October 17, 2013 03:16

    In the meantime please check my store at http://www.adamwallenta.com/store and buy some merch so we can invest the money into making this album even crazier for you.

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    League Of Extraordinary HipHop Dads - Unfinishe... at 2.40
    on October 17, 2013 03:15

    There's still some work to be done on this track but I felt like letting you hear something new so you know we are hard at work on the new album. It's coming soon! What do you think?

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    Say Less at 3.21
    on October 08, 2013 23:00

    Thank you to everyone who gives the track a listen. I really appreciate it.

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    NEVER By Bumpy Knuckles & KRS ONE -theOGdidit R... at 1.50
    on August 21, 2013 23:19

    Sick Remix!

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    Born & Raised f. The Temptations by Bumpy Knuck... at 0.44
    on August 21, 2013 23:18

    FRESH. Love this one.

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    The More The Merrier (circa 2009) at 1.13
    on August 08, 2013 03:03

    Love this track.

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    DJ JOHNNY JUICE Presents: WHO'S ILLUS? at 30.22
    on April 25, 2013 19:56
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    DJ JOHNNY JUICE Presents: WHO'S ILLUS? at 23.30
    on April 25, 2013 15:07

    @Dmitry Boluzhitcev: Thank you for listening. Peace and love!

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    DJ JOHNNY JUICE Presents: WHO'S ILLUS? at 16.23
    on April 25, 2013 15:07

    @aim-ve-marie-rollinat-levasseur: Thank you!

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    DJ JOHNNY JUICE Presents: WHO'S ILLUS? at 47.52
    on April 25, 2013 15:05

    Thanks for checking it out! Peace!

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    DJ JOHNNY JUICE Presents: WHO'S ILLUS? at 13.50
    on April 25, 2013 15:05

    @Arhythmtech: Thank you so much for listening and for your support. Peace!

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    "The Fun Razor" at 2.51
    on April 10, 2013 02:27

    DOPE! Love it!

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