For the past few months, I've had my eyes and ears on the Dominican born and part Syrian rapper, The ILLZ, thanks to frequented killer sites like Nahright, 2DopeBoyz and Pigeons and Planes. So today, it's about due time that I share his rad steez with all of you. Ready for the radness? Let's do it.
Born in the town of Jarabacoa located in La Vega Province, Dominican Republic, he came to the States at the age of 4, when his mother and stepfather moved him to Hudson County, NJ. Always with a love of music behind him, it was around the age of 12 when he began listening to rap beasts A Tribe Called Quest, AZ and Mobb Deep, eventually recording short freestyles over his favorite beats.
Cut to December of 2009, and The ILLZ has released The Pursuit LP, an 11-track album, offered up for free download here. The record meshes a number of genres while keeping ILLZ' genuine emotions on the surface of each cut...pain, pleasure and passion which can be felt through his lyrics and arrangements.
Dudeman recently let out the video for The Moment of Definite Hope, which was directed and shot by Kristopher Rey-Talley in the streets of Little Italy/Soho (NYC) in only 1 hour. The clip was shot on the fly, with no permits or closed sets (including The ILLZ walking through traffic).
Watch it below.