Brooklyn rapper, Illa Ghee delivers his most comprehensive, cohesive, and passionate project to date with 'Illamatic,' a sprawling 28-track effort composed of recently recorded original tracks and freestyles, as well as hand-picked guest appearances from the past few years.
Right from the jump you know it’s serious with “Eat Glass,” a bully-rap banger produced by Shawneci that displays the raw rap chops of Ghee. And from there, each track blends seamlessly into the next thanks to the turntable talents of fellow Brooklynite, PF Cuttin. He makes it feel and play out like a real mixtape, the kind you’d through in your system and keep on repeat until the damn thing broke.
Illa Ghee is one of those emcees whose music begs for repeated listens anyways, as he’s constantly littering his lyrics with crazy wordplay, and clever turns of phrase. Listing too many of them would spoil half the fun of listening to 'Illamatic,' but knowing that he compares his bullets to Rajon Rondo’s long-ass arms should suffice. That being said, it’s not all about witty punchlines on here, as Illa Ghee is just as insightful as he is hilarious.
That’s evident on standouts “Slum” and “Something About You.” The former is a heartbreaking dedication to his close friend, the legendary Sean Price. And it’s only right that P makes two appearances, first on “Gentlemen,’ taken from Statik Selektah’s most recently released compilation LP, 'Lucky 7,' and later on “Jungle Gym,” featuring Vic Spencer, which was lifted from Vic’s 2015 released, 'The Cost of Victory' LP. “Something About You” also deals with loss and tragedy, with Illa Ghee contemplating whether he should bring a firearm to his slain friend’s funeral—just in case his killer shows up.
'Illamatic' is a meticulously curated, all-encompassing listen that’s perfect for listeners of all kinds, be they familiar with some of the BK rapper’s work, or completely new to his catalogue. And just like the project it’s paying homage to with its name, 'Illamatic' is short on features. It’s all about Illa Ghee here, and he absolutely makes his presence known. 'Illamatic' is now available now for stream and download right here via Bandcamp, for just $7.00.
released July 7, 2016
Mixed by PF Cuttin
Cover art by DJ Akil
• Track 3: Originally released under the same title, featuring Jay-Z, DMX, & Ja Rule, via Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam 'Streets Is Watching' soundtrack (1998)
• Track 4: Taken from Royal Flush's 'Grand Capo' LP (2014)
• Track 5: Taken from Tragedy Khadafi’s, 'Pre Magnum Opus' LP (2014)
• Track 6: Taken from DJ Concept & DJ Mickey Knox’s, 'The BYOB EP' (2010)
• Track 10: Production originally featured on Pusha T’s 'Fear of God II: Let Us Pray' LP (2011)
• Track 15: Taken from Vic Spencers’ 'The Cost of Victory' LP (2015)
• Track 18: Taken from Royal Flush’s, 'Grand Capo' LP (2014)
• Track 19: Taken from DJ Skizz’s ‘B.Q.E. (Brooklyn-Queens Experience)’ Compilation LP (2013)
• Track 20: Taken from Ruste Juxx & The Arcitype's, 'V.I.C. (Victorious Impervious Champions)' LP (2012)
• Track 23: Taken from J Ronin’s 'Freestyle Files' Vol. 2 (2014)
• Track 24: Production originally featured on “Top Prospects,” as featured on The High & Mighty’s 'Home Field Advantage' LP (1999)
• Track 26: Originally released via Pitfight Records (2015 Pitfight production)
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