Ill Bill
The Grimy Awards


4.5
superb

Review

by eloimayano USER (3 Reviews)
January 30th, 2014 | 11 replies | 1,562 views


Release Date: 02/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Getting older, wiser and better - Ill Bill at the top of his game.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

If you’re familiar with the work of Mc Ill Bill, - whether it’s with La Coka Nostra, the amazing Non Phixion or his solo career – you’ll soon find yourself in familiar grounds while listening to his latest efforts. The Grimy Awards got in fact every single elements that make his style so unique from the political charge themes of his lyrics to the hardcore aggressiveness that emerge from most songs on the records. On this one however, he manages to blend his entire influence and personality in a mature and unforgettable way in what is probably his best work since the release of Non Phixion’s masterpiece The Future is Now back in 2002.

First of all, The Grimy Awards clearly feels like a solo effort for Ill Bill who has had his great moments a couple time as part of some collectives. Even if he’s release a couple of albums as a solo artist, I think he’s now really at the peak of his creative talent. Like on his precedent effort, The Hour of Reprisal, we see the respect that the guy got from the industry with feat. From Cormega, Jedi Mind Tricks or El-p . Songs like 120% Darkside Justice with Jedi Mind Tricks is a perfect match of style where the aggressiveness is multiplied by ten with the style well known of both Mcs. When I Die is also an interesting take at an alternative mood for the rapper with the beautiful voice of Tia Thomas and it definitely works well. However, some songs don't quite deliver, like Power with the great Cormega, because we feel like Ill Bill wants to give place to his collaborators by making concessions on his style. When he keeps control of the song, like in Acceptance Speech for instance, the result is however amazing.

It’s on the track that he performs alone that we see the quality and matureness of Ill Bill. Both Canarsie High and How to Survive the Apocalypse rank high up in the great career of Ill Bill.with their great lyrics perfectly delivered. If there is one track that stands out though is the mind-blowing Exploding Octopus. How guts does one have to write a song about the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski? He does it in a way that is so honest, raw and intelligent that he deserves endless respect. He tells the story, raise questions but doesn’t lecture anyone about it. This songs is truly mesmerizing and is more than one of the best he’s ever done.

The honesty of Ill Bill is always something that has struck me, and it is especially true with this last records. You really feel in every songs that he really care about what he’s singing and that there’s things he wants to say. Even if it’s sometime clumsy, cheesy or imperfect, when Ill bill delivers, he does it in a way that is moving and touching and that make this record real and powerful.

That being said, the album nonetheless feel dense because of that, not necessarily in time but more in subject matters. It will indeed take a couple of listen to start to digest all the themes of the record. However, with the way that the songs are place one after another, it doesn’t feel like too much half way through and, as it is often the case in hardcore hip hop, this doesn’t feel like a take it or leave it record. Ill Bill manage to hook every type of rap fan and this is what make this record unforgettable.


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spookynewghostfriend
January 30th 2014



3297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

was thinking of reviewing this, nice.

some issues

"However, some songs doesn’t quite deliver"
don't quite

"multiply by ten"
multiplied by ten


"That beeing said, the album nonethelss"
being, nonetheless
"whethr" "aggreed"

The on-site spellcheck will point out these and other things

Aside from that, you do a pretty nice review for a guy with English as a second language


spookynewghostfriend
January 30th 2014



3297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

also look here -> http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/misc.php?do=bbcode and type song and album titles or lyrics like

"Truth is a great song."

eloimayano
January 30th 2014



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the tips and the comments! Had no idea there was a on-site corrector and it sure helps a lot. Hope this is making more sense and that the future reviews will be better.

spookynewghostfriend
January 30th 2014



3297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

no problem!

Jethro42
January 30th 2014



12376 Comments


Review is a good read. I am myself a francophone and I know how difficult it can be to write reviews in English. I know you're a francophone because you added to the database stuff like Octobre, Beau Dommage and Cano.

hikingmetalpunk
January 30th 2014



904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

2013 hip hop album aoty right here

Digging: Dead Congregation - Promulgation of the Fall

eloimayano
January 30th 2014



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep I'm indeed from Montreal, enlighten some of the great progressive we got up here. And for me too, that's the hip hop album of 2013 hands down!

hikingmetalpunk
January 31st 2014



904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no doubt, good to see this get a review. nice job.

hikingmetalpunk
February 23rd 2014



904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

reek of putrefaction and drugs the acid taste often lingers /

susan atkins licked the blood of sharon tate off her fingers //


m/

hikingmetalpunk
June 22nd 2014



904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rugged

hikingmetalpunk
July 26th 2014



904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

extremely horrible like a beautiful bitch with a dick



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