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Ill Bill, The Grimy Awards
Label: Fat Beats Records
Feels Like: Downing couple shots of Jameson, bumping 95-BPM Primo beats, and traveling back to Fat Beats Records circa 2006.
With help from some veterans known to give post-millennial boom-bap aficionado wet dreams, Ill Bill treats himself with a set of gritty accolades. There’s nothing extensively progressive about the project, but the job is well done, and the music’s closely suited. Names like Pete Rock, Large Professor, Psycho Les, and DJ Premier are eventful titles that can never do any wrong, and Bill fills the backdrop with adverse topics. Personal tribulations (“Canarsie High”), reflection of his legacy (“When I Die”), and good-old, kill ’em all manifesto (“Severed Heads of State) are classic Uncle Howie at its finest. Not much has shifted for the Brooklynite, musically. He’s just aging with deeper thoughts.