Tag Archives: Non-Phixion

New Joint – Q-Unique / Ill Bill

Q-Unique ft. Ill Bill – “Listen To The Words” (Q-Unique.Com / 2013)

Arsonists / Non-Phixion collabo from the Rotten Apple emcee’s album “Marvels Team-Up”.

Crate Diggers – DJ Eclipse

NY’s DJ Eclipse discusses his early introduction to collecting vinyl for Fuse.TV’s “Crate Diggers” series.

New Joint – Ill Bill

Ill Bill – “How To Survive The Apocalypse” (IllBill.Com / 2013)

The NY emcee offers some advice on what to do during the last days with this Psycho Les-produced track from his recent album “The Grimy Awards”.

New Joint – Ill Bill

Ill Bill – “World Premier” (Fat Beats / 2013)

The NY emcee drops a dedication to the man behind the boards on this DJ Premier-produced track from his album “The Grimy Awards”.

New Joint – Ill Bill

Ill Bill – “Exploding Octopus” ( Uncle Howie / Fat Beats / 2013)

Dramatic visuals for this self-produced concept-driven track from the Non-Phixion / La Coka Nostra member’s forthcoming album “The Grimy Awards”.

New Joint – Ill Bill

Ill Bill – “When I Die” (Fat Beats / 2012)

Reflective rhymes from the Non-Phixion / La Coka Nostra emcee’s forthcoming album “The Grimy Awards”.

New Joint – Ill Bill / El-P

Ill Bill ft. El-P – “Severed Heads Of State” (Uncle Howie / 2012)

Taken from the La Coka Nostra emcee’s forthcoming album “The Grimy Awards” which features OC, Cormega, Mayhem Lauren and more.

New Joint – Gore Elohim / Jak Tripper

Gore Elohim ft. Jak – “Inverted Churches” (GoreElohim.Com / 2012)

MoSS-produced track from the former Non-Phixion member’s forthcoming “Electric Lucifer”project.

New Joint – Sabac Red

Sabac Red – “Tell-Lie-Vision” (Reel Wolf / 2012)

The Non-Phixion emcee challenges the little box in the corner of your room on this J57-produced track.

New Joint – Ill Bill / UG

Ill Bill ft. UG – “We Not Playing” (Uncle Howie / 2011)

The Non-Phixion member teams-up with Cella Dwella’s UG on this IDE-produced track from his new digital project “Howie Made Me Do It 2”.

New Joint – Heavy Metal Kings

Heavy Metal Kings – “Oath Of The Goat” (Enemy Soil / 2011)

Taken from Vinnie and Bill’s self-titled hardcore extravaganza of an album released earlier this year.

Metal Thangz – Heavy Metal Kings (Ill Bill / Vinnie Paz)

Footage of Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz performing at London’s Underworld venue this week as part of their Heavy Metal Kings tour.

Live Review – Heavy Metal Kings (Ill Bill / Vinnie Paz)

Venue: The Underworld, London  Date: 11 May 2011

Close to the end of their month long European tour, Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz’s stop in London was without doubt  one of this year’s most anticipated gigs so far. Having inherited the same hybrid fanbase of Hip-Hop heads, rock dudes and skater-types that Cypress Hill and House Of Pain once attracted, it was obvious from the outset that this particular show was going to be just a little different to your typical rap event.

Packed with drunk, tatted-up white dudes clad in La Coka Nostra / Jedi Mind Tricks t-shirts chanting “Bill! Bill! Bill!” and “Vinnniie!” long before the pair had even hit the stage, Camden’s dark and humid subterranean Underworld venue was perhaps the perfect spot for the Heavy Metal Kings’ brand of grimy, aggressive rap.

After strong, well-received sets from UK acts Grit Grammar and Rhyme Asylum, Non-Phixion’s DJ Eclipse took to the mic to announce the arrival of the headlining act. Hitting the stage to the sound of the HMK banger “Keeper Of The Seven Keys”, Bill and Vinnie drew thunderous roars from the crowd setting an energy level that remained high for the duration of the duo’s hour-plus set.

No gimmicks and no theatrics, the Brooklyn native and Philly emcee powered through their hardcore repertoire, drawing on material not just from the Heavy Metal Kings release, but also the catalogues of Non-Phixion, Jedi Mind Tricks, Army Of The Pharoahs, La Coka Nostra plus their own solo work.

With the gravelly-voiced Paz appearing more subdued than he was at last year’s London JMT show, it was left mainly to Bill to fill the gaps between tracks, displaying a dry sense of humour that only seemed to run out when, after playing peacekeeper between two fighting audience members, the pair’s scuffle led to the monitors being pushed out of place on the front of the stage – “You’re f**kin’ boring me now!” the agitated Non-Phixion member yelled at the two knuckleheads. “I actually don’t care now if you beat the sh*t out of each other or not, just leave the f**kin’ monitors alone!”

Cuts such as Non-Phixion’s conspiracy-driven “Black Helicopters”, Vinnie’s solo joint “Monster’s Ball” and LCN’s “F**k Tony Montana” were all delivered with fiery determination by the duo, with the show being nothing short of an hour-long adrenaline rush. Inbetween dropping sonic bombs, Bill and Paz gave props to their favourite rock acts such as Slayer, dropped a dedication to Gang Starr’s Guru and poked fun at the British accent, with Ill Bill joking that he thought the crowd was going to be a “bunch of Napoleon Dynamite-looking muthaf**kers”, to which Vinnie responded “Nah, the goons came out tonight” whilst surveying the rowdy scene.

Considering the pair’s lyrical content can often have a socio-political slant complete with anti-government rhetoric, it would have been interesting to hear Bill and Vinnie talk a little more about the inspiration behind certain tracks and their own take on current world issues, but perhaps that’s something they’d both prefer to keep for interviews rather than discuss onstage.

To their critics, the music of Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz is excessively violent and harsh purely for the sake of shock value. But let’s not forget that the likes of NWA, The Geto Boys and Onyx dropped some classic Hip-Hop moments whilst also fighting off criticism of being over-the-top in their music.

To their fans, however, the line between what should be considered food for thought (Ill Bill’s “The Anatomy Of A School Shooting”) and what should be considered pure hardcore entertainment (AOTP’s “Bloody Tears”) appears fairly clear.

Whether or not this Heavy Metal Kings project is a one-off remains to be seen, but judging by the quality of the performance witnessed on this particular night, Vinnie Paz and Ill Bill definitely have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of other perfectly matched duos such as Run DMC and EPMD and go down in the Hip-Hop hall of fame together.

Definitely a show to remember for all the right reasons.

Ryan Proctor

Behind Closed Doors – Ill Bill

NYC’s Ill Bill gives a considered response to a couple of potentially controversial VladTV questions about former Big Daddy Kane deejay Mister Cee’s recent personal dramas.

New Joint – Ill Bill / Vinnie Paz

Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz – “Blood Meridian” (Enemy Soil / 2011)

Twisted horrorcore imagery meets hardcore rap in this video from Bill and Vinnie’s soon-to-be cult classic album “Heavy Metal Kings”.

New Joint – Sabac Red

Sabac Red – “Science Equation” (SabacTV / 2011)

New mental stamina from the former Non-Phixion member that doesn’t appear to be lifted from any particular upcoming project.

Album Review – East Coast Avengers

East Coast Avengers Present: DC The Midi Alien

“Avengers Airwaves”

(Brick Records)

Back in the late-80s / early-90s politically-charged rap was the norm, with acts such as Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Paris and BDP all doing their part to spark the braincells of listeners with hard-hitting social commentary and scathing lyrical attacks on the US government’s policies of the time. With rap becoming big business throughout the 90s and into the new millenium, the more rebellious and revolutionary aspects of the music were sidelined by both artists and labels chasing champagne dreams and mainstream success, leaving a void that the likes of dead prez and Talib Kweli attempted to fill with mixed results.

Formed in 2008 and gaining immediate notoriety with their “Kill Bill O’Reilly” single, the East Coast Avengers (emcees Esoteric and trademarc, producer DC The Midi Alien) attempted a rallying cry with their debut album “Political Planet”, which was met with both critical acclaim and underground props for the trio’s attempts to inject their music with lyrical substance and kickstart intellectual debate amongst Hip-Hop heads.

Now, three years later, the Avengers return with this latest release, which features a long list of subterranean rhyme animals covering a variety of socially relevant topics over DC’s unapologetically raw production. Kicking off with the dramatic strings and tight cuts of “National Threat”, Esoteric and trademarc power through verses containing references to the Obama administation, New World Order conspiracies and the part they feel is played by global media in dumbing down the masses, their sharp darts littered with crafty wordplay and references to the political awareness of rap’s golden-age (“I’m more S1W, You’re more SWV”).

The thumping “Man Made Ways” finds La Coka Nostra affiliate Slaine, Non-Phixion’s Sabac Red and Jedi Mind Tricks’ Vinnie Paz attacking a society that encourages apathy instead of critical thinking, with each emcee painting vivid verbal depictions of a post-apocalyptic world in which economics and social structure no longer have any meaning. Bringing the listener back to the present, “Another Hundred Days In” is a tense, atmospheric track which features trademarc questioning Barack Obama’s effectiveness in bringing about the political change that was promised in pre-election speeches, juxtaposing the promises made before the votes were counted against the actions the President has taken since entering the White House.

“Disposable Heroes” criticizes the lack of support on offer to help ease soldiers returning from the Middle East back into civilian life, with featured lyricists Nabo Rawk and Apes**t rhyming from the perspective of army vets struggling to come to terms with the atrocities they’ve witnessed over moody sample-heavy production (“A soldier on the frontline, I served my four years, Came back with one arm, more fears and nightmares”). Meanwhile, the impressive posse cut “Ride For A Cause” finds Reef The Lost Cauze, Doap Nixon, Blacastan and Reks getting to grips with alleged secret societies, Illuminati rhetoric and inner-city living conditions over a hypnotic blend of ominous keys, sweeping strings and slick scratches.

Of the seventeen full-length tracks on offer here, the only real mis-steps are “Riot Gear” and “Artists In A Time Of War”, both of which suffer from bland, sub-par production that takes the sting out of the thought-provoking lyrics delivered from Termanology, Singapore Kane and Big Shug.

You may agree with the political stance of the artists featured on “Avengers Airwaves” or you might have a very different opinion on a lot of the topics raised throughout the project, but regardless, the real aim of this album is to offer food for thought and stimulate debate, and it succeeds on both counts.

The East Coast Avengers and their army of Hip-Hop affiliates definitely don’t have all the answers to the ills of the world, but they’re not afraid of asking the questions which might help us all make a little more sense out of the confusing, corrupt, recession-hit world we live in today.

Ryan Proctor

New Joint – Ill Bill / Vinnie Paz

Ill Bill & Vinnie Paz – “Children Of God” (Enemy Soil / Uncle Howie / 2011)

Typically gritty East Coast fire off the forthcoming collaboration album from the two underground titans “Heavy Metal Kings” which features input from DJ Muggs, Sabac Red, Q-Unique, Reef The Lost Cauze etc.

Underground Veterans – The Arsonists / Ill Bill

Footage of The Arsonists and Ill Bill performing at France’s “Hip-Hop Dayz” event.

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Devil Music – Vinnie Paz

Jedi Mind Tricks’ Vinnie Paz talks about working on Ill Bill’s forthcoming DJ Muggs-produced album “Kill Devil Hills”.