Alternative hip hop is going through a real resurgence of late. B.o.b is the obvious success story, making some serious moves in the mainstream, but the likes of Mickey Factz and Chiddy Bang are also building formidable fan-bases by doing something a little bit different.
Fans of multi-faceted, atmospheric music allow me to introduce you to The ILLZ. The Dominican Republic native made some waves with his The Pursuit and In Between Video Series projects but has taken his art to a new level with this latest release
The standout track for me is The Sun Doesn’t Know It’s a Star. Bookended by Jay Z talking about (Biggie?) storytelling rap, Illz takes the opportunity to stake his own claim as one of the best introspective lyricists around today. Hit the link below to preview some of the tracks, and to download the EP. It’s free, what have you got to lose?