Whats wrong with Bill? The kid just aint right. As one third of Brooklyns heavy hitters Non Phixion, Ill Bill has carved his name in blood with his rugged, rapid-fire spray of rhymes and his dominating presence. Non Phixions debut; The Future is Now was an instant underground classic, and while everyone is awaiting the release of their sophomore effort, Bill offers up the first (of many) solo joints set to jump off from the entire Uncle Howie Records camp. If you are already familiar with the Non Phixion style, then Bills solo record will be nothing new for you; just that same rugged, melt-your-face-with-bangers-type joints. The only surprises that come are some of Necros beats; there are times when the kid really elevates his game to the point where you might not recognize his bloody handprints on some of the tracks. By teaming up with his equally sick-minded brother (who produces the entire album) and enlisting the help of his extended NP/Uncle Howie brethren, Ill Bill cooks up a forceful and harrowing debut. Whats Wrong with Bill? is set to drop on Necros Psycho+Logical Records on May 4 and Bill promises that it is the answer to all that watered-down crap that is clogging up the airways right now
AllHipHop.com: So you got this solo joint about to drop, why dont you go ahead and gives us an idea as far as what we can expect?
Ill Bill: The albums called Whats Wrong with Bill? This album is my answer to all the happy rap out there right now, all the fruit-flavored s**t you got coming out; all that so-called hardcore rap right now, that s**t is soft to me, too. Right now Im doing that punch-you-in-the-face rap, that new s**t; adrenaline rap. And beat-wise, the only dude in Necros league right now is Dre. So stay stupid if you want, keep sleeping, but Necros making the hardest beats in the game right now and aint nobody as hungry for success as we are right now. Thats what this album is about. Im putting everybody on blast, nobody in the game is as ill as my team, nobody. Ninety percent of the rappers out right now are trash. Either they on some gay s**t or they think they hardcore. Every rapper is either sucking 50 Cent or Camrons dick, trying to sound like G-Unit, Dipset and even those dude aint f**kin with me. Aside from dudes like Scarface or Jay-Z or Ghost and a handful of others, Most of the s**t thats coming out right now Cmon kid, that s**t is retard rap. Yall deserve more than that. Im dropping this album to save yall from the moron music thats coming out right now. Not all hip-hop is boring, hip-hop is alive and well. We lacing you with that grimy s**t yall have been starving for.
AllHipHop.com: Lyrically you get a little deeper on this album than you have a chance to when recording as one member of a three-man unit. Like in the title track where you delve into some pretty heavy s**t . Is this something you strove for as far as why you are doing a solo joint?
Ill Bill: That first joint, Whats Wrong? thats just about my life growing up, I speak about my grandmother, women in my life, to my moms, to my girl just the stress that I deal with on the day to day. Being in a group youre not really able to express as much in sixteen bars on a track. You gotta' deal with other peoples ideas and concepts and its hard to get as personal as I was able to get on this album. Non Phixon is three MCs and we all have different ideas and we want to get them across, thats why were all doing solo albums right now because we want to let people have a little more insight into us as individuals.
AllHipHop.com: Non Phixion has always been known for bringing tracks that are just straight energy, and you keep that same feel throughout your solo album. How do you maintain such a high level of frenzy?
Ill Bill: Any kind of music that Ive always been into, Ive always been into music that gets my adrenaline up. Not only with hip-hop, but I also listen to a lot of hardcore and a lot of metal and that has an influence on me in just how I deliver my rhymes and how we perform when we do shows, whether its Non Phixion, or if Im solo or Im out on the road with Q-Unique were just on some real, next level s**t. I look at a group like Rage Against the Machine and the energy they have on stage or even Slayer, you know? Groups like that have the kind of energy that we want to put into our s**t and thats not really normal with a rap group.
AllHipHop.com: How is it that growing up in the housing projects of Brooklyn you were ever exposed to hardcore and metal?
Ill Bill: When I was growing up everything was about hip-hop, it was all about hip-hop. Id go to school and see kids rocking T-shirts of different bands and what not, and I was exposed to it. I grew up on KISS; you know what Im saying? I was up on that; I was always a big KISS fan as a little kid. But KISS was more mainstream, anyway. It wasnt like I was really exposed to s**t yet. It was all about hip-hop and I had to really go out of my way to really peep metal. I seen like Twisted Sister videos on TV, you know. But that wasnt the real s**t. At that point that was pop. It was already in the mainstream. But I would see Iron Maiden T-shirts, Metallica T-shirts the s**t that really caught me was the Metal up Your Ass T-shirt with the toilet bowl with the knife sticking out of it, I seen that s**t and it made me curious cause Ive always been into really extreme s**t . The s**t that was like next level. I was always a big comic book collector. The artwork on a lot of metal T Shirts always grabbed me and made me curious about what the s**t sounded like. I went out of my way to find it. And that was definitely against what was going on in my hood because out of every window and every car youd be hearing Roxanne Shante battling UTFO; LL Cool J and Beastie Boys and RUN D.M.C. Aint nobody in the hood was really listening to metal and hip-hop, except for my man Weenie-Ween. That was my homeboy, he was always a few years older than us. He was the dude; he was like the Rick Rubin of the projects. Hed walk around in a bubble goose with a King Diamond T-shirt; he had all the Red Alert and Marley tapes and everything. That was the only dude who rocked like that. Then Goretex moved in to Glenwood (projects) and he was the same way, man. He had the same mind frame. We would all hang out: me, Goretex, Necro and bug out listening to everything from Rakim to Celtic Frost.
AllHipHop.com: How dope was it to work entirely with Necro?
Ill Bill: Its just something that we always wanted to do. I was always a big fan of groups like Cypress Hill and Mobb Deep where youd have Havoc handling all the production, or Muggs would be doing the entire Cypress album. I just always liked that dynamic, the same way that Dre did the entire first Snoop album. I thought it would be interesting to do, and me and Necro were talking about it and we knew that certain people would probably think that being that Necro has a certain sound, a certain style that people automatically associate with him, and that was going to be something that was gonna come across on the album. Thats why we were very conscious when we chose the beats for the album. We wanted to make sure that a lot of the beats, when people heard them, would be like Word? Necro made that beat?
AllHipHop.com: What can you tell us about Non Phixion?
Ill Bill: Well, "Well, first we got The Green CD/DVD dropping, which is a retro release in a way. It's in a mixtape format and it has a bunch of pre-Future is Now s**t on it: demos, freestyles and whatnot. There's some brand new joints on there as well. Plus it comes with a bonus 2 hour DVD with everything you'd wanna see on Non Phixion. Mad live footage, backstage and tour s**t , interviews, plus us just buggin out. Something hot that people have been asking about for a minute. That drops on April 6th, so be sure to support and cop that s**t . Then 3 weeks later we're re-releasing The Future Is Now in a platinum edition 2 CD set, so you get the original version plus an extra instrumental disc as well. We're also working on a new album right now, there's a new record we'll be putting out this fall and we're about 4 or 5 songs deep. And at the same time were all putting out solo albums this year. My album comes May 4th, Sabacs solo joint; Sabacalypse drops June 3rd. Goretexs s**t ; The Art of Dying, thats coming in September. All of us putting out albums: Hydes putting out an album, Q-Uniques putting out an album, his album drops in August. Qs album is bananas. Necros doing like half the album, Q did beats on it. We got Beatnuts doing s**t , and were still working on it.
AllHipHop.com: Whats up with Stephen King?
Ill Bill: Hes working on stuff right now as well. Hes gonna put a single together. E-Dots gonna be the next one to come out with an album on Uncle Howie after Q. E-Dots s**t is shaping up crazy. His album is gonna be bananas. Hes definitely coming with some next s**t . Hes a little something different than the rest of the Uncle Howie camp.
AllHipHop.com: Last words?
Ill Bill: I just wanna say that, really, people should peep what Uncle Howie and Psycho+Logical are doing right now because were laying down the blueprint for what motherf**kers really need to be doing. To me, I dont feel people are really being very creative right now. Everything is one-sided and stale. Either youre a conscious rapper and youre on some goody-two-shoes s**t , or youre a so-called gangsta rapper and everything is thuggin the f**k out and yo, Im from the hood Im from the hood too, I aint had no father in my house, drug dealing, all of that s**t . My uncle ruined his life smoking f**king krills. Im from the projects; you know what Im saying? But Im not scared to leave the hood. Not every song has to be about the hood, the hood, the hood. Im not saying to make Dungeons and Dragons albums, that s**t is f**king corny, too. There needs to be a little more versatility in the game right now.