TOP 5 DEAD OR ALIVE: Illa J
It's cold in the D. Lebron and the 'bronettes are taking the not-so-bad boys to the woodshed. GM and Chrysler are facing evolution or extinction, and the job situation is not the best. On the Hip-Hop side of things, Detroit has a no fly zone, courtesy of Trick Trick which has foreign rappers tucking their jewels. In addition Eminem, the former sure shot 8 mile megastar, has been shooting blanks as of late.In the midst of the coldest winter ever, momma Yancy's younger son stands to stake his claim in the Hip-Hop game. Known more for spitting than spinning. Illa J prepares to put the world on notice that Detroit is more than just a slum village. We interrupted his regularly scheduled travels to ask him his top 5 dead or alive emcees. Straight with no chaser.
of the great things about different songwriters and writers is rhythm. Rhythm
plays a big part in bringing emotion to a song and really getting people in to
a song. He definitely had a really good understanding of rhythm because of how
he places his lyrics in different pockets of the beat and how he would use words and lay his words
to bring that extra feeling to it and you really felt what he was saying and he
really painted a picture
a lot of people even people thats on Common now, they know Common out now but people
dont know Common been in the game for a minute and dont get it twisted, Common
will rip you on the mic. Common got mad skills. Hes super funky with it and definitely
one of the top mcs.
Because he can switch it up in so many different ways. He can rap on a slow
track; He can rap on a really fast track. Hes really good with switching up
his styles. Just the energy. As soon as the track comes on, he has automatic
presence. Like in music, some people can sing and some people cant sing. But
at the end of the day sometimes even that person that can sing, they may not be
able to sing as good as the next person but they have that it factor. Not to
bring singing into the emcee factor but Busta he got that presence as soon as
he raps on a track.
I know a few people will probably have problems with this but one of my
favorite emcees was actually my brother, J DIlla. A lot of people always look
at him first as a producer, but to me he was a really ill emcee. One of my
favorite things about his emceeing was that he was so for real. He just said
whatever was on his mind and he didnt really care if people liked it or not. Like, this is how I do it, and thats it.
You just gonna like it or not. Thats where I got the rawness o f my writing a
little bit and how my brother would tell me you could say whatever you want to
say, its all how you deliver it.
Eminem-Last part of my list I want to give that up to Eminem.
Its hard to explain, hes just on a whole nother planet with that emcee thing. Hes definitely one of my favorite emcees of all-time. Rhythmically, lyrically ,
voice-wise, presence on a record, hes definitely on his own level in the
emceeing department fa sho.
Side Bar:When he's not top fiving it or working on albums, Illa J pursues other interests. Right now Im working on a secret project that I cant really get into yet but I can tell you that involves me singing.
Illa J also studies music theory and teaches himself how to play instruments (piano, bass guitar, etc)
Outside of music - Im really into action movies. After watching them,
I get inspired and head into the studio to do a track. Bruce Lee
movies are my favorite.