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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:
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)