This is another post about a band that I really know very little about. I saw this sitting in my inbox and all that was attached was a track and a link to their website. I’m guessing iLL-iteracy are American and possibly from Virginia since their twitter page says ‘VA.’
But, where they are from is irrelevant. They are a four man hip-hop group made up of Chris Prythm, Rich White, Speek Eazy and Young Observe.
After listening to ‘Money’ off their new album The Ensembly Line I was impressed. For me, it sounds a little like they have provided a hip-hop remix of Solar Bears, who I like very much.
Listening to the rest of their album, which is available as a free download on their website, the influence of Kanye West is strong. But, for me, I’d say that is entirely a good thing. However, I should make it clear that they are not just Kanye West knock-off’s, the only reason I make this comparison is because they are not at all restricted in which genres they draw from, which makes for a much more fulfilling listening experience.
But, what clinches it for me is the vocals and lyrics. These guys manage to provide meaningful lyrics and deliver them in a way that engages the less experienced hip-hop listener, like me.