Friday, June 17, 2011

New Joint: Illus Featuring Homeboy Sandman & JJ Brown - "Free"

Download Illus f/Homeboy Sandman & JJ Brown “See You In Hell” (produced by JJ Brown)

Illus 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, Dilated Peoples, Blackalicious, R.A. the Rugged Man, DMC 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 KRS and BDP, Bumpy Knuckles and Statik Selektah (Lyrical Workout), J-Live, Ill Bill, Apathy, Public Enemy and more. In 2010 Illus released his album, Feel Good Music, which was hailed by Chuck D from Public Enemy as “one of the best albums of 2010”.

In 2011, Illus brings us "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- positive, hardcore, passionate, meaningful lyrics and beats that penetrate the mind and soul and leave the audience feeling inspired.

"For Adam" also features an incredible collection of talented artists ranging from legends like Freddie Foxxx and Craig G to game-changers like Homeboy Sandman and Eternia and musical sensations Paul Dateh and Erin Barra and is exclusively produced by JJ Brown.

"For Adam" is an extremely personal project for Illus, one which pays homage to the late Adam Walsh who was murdered in 1981 and whose father John Walsh went on to help create the long-running television program, America’s Most Wanted. The album reflects on the darkness of murder, kidnapping, child abuse, addiction, and slavery, while celebrating the strength to overcome the struggles and obstacles of life and live it to the fullest despite the odds.

It is a testament to what Hip-hop stands for, the ability to rise up out of the shadows of despair and turn “nothing” into “something”; uniting people from all walks of life and inspiring peace, love, unity and having fun.

Illus "For Adam" Tracklisting:

1. "Requiem For Adam" (scratches by Public Enemy’s DJ Johnny Juice)
2. "Unstoppable" featuring Freddie Foxxx aka Bumpy Knuckles and Paul Dateh
3. "Red Dawn"
4. "Born Criminal"
5. "Brighter Day" featuring Craig G, Reef the Lost Cauze and Block McCloud
6. "Free" featuring Homeboy Sandman and J.J. Brown
7. "Better" featuring Gift of Gab from Blackalicious and Paul Dateh
8. "Sons and Daughters" featuring Eternia, Wordsworth from EMC and Erin Barra
9. "R.I.F." featuring Paul Dateh
10. "Make Some Noize"

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