ILL BILL – THE EARLY YEARS: RARE DEMOS 91-94
Holy crap this is one of the illest joints I’ve dropped on Herring. I will often say if a record is Top 10 Herring but straight up and down this is Top 5 – nah fcuk it – this HAS TO BE Top 3. HAS TO BE!!
I’ve been a fan since the records dropped. Back in the day when I was working in the record store and doing pirate radio and spinnin to make a living, I was known for droppin mad Bill and Necro. Back when the first stuff dropped, heads were more into bigger acts, a lotta time on majors. What a lot of headz don’t realise now is that there was a backlash at least over here in the UK against “independents” and that late 90’s scene and in some circles there still is. But for me, to see artists recording whatever the hell they wanted to and then dropping it on their own label, that was the biggest buzz and my inspiration, along with Fondle Em Recs, for what I try to do. To see an idea translate from the home studio to worldwide distribution was a trip. The Braunstein brothers represent that journey perfectly. This is a sound – a category even – Death Rap. Bill took this steez from his earliest demo Economics in 1991 and has run with it for nearly 30 years from Brooklyn to Europe to Japan and beyond. Maximum respect to him, to Necro, to Non Phixion and all the crew. I’m a fan and this drop is a personal achievement for me as an independent label owner. Props to Bill for agreeing to work with Herring and to Eclipse for making it a smooth process. ONE GLOVE.
Peep this short interview with Bill about his early days as an artist:
Which came first – bass or vocals or production?
Writing rhymes came first. I started writing rhymes when I was 12. I was listening to “Jam On It” and Whodini at first which sparked me to start and then I heard LL and got even more into it. I never really shared with many people that I was rhyming. Mostly just my brother, Necro who was four years younger but also started started rhyming shortly after hearing me. I was playing the upright bass in orchestra class at the same time. My music teacher was super kool and recognized I had a natural ability for music. When I turned 13 is when I started wanting a bass guitar. Uncle Howie got me my first bass guitar when I was 14.
Did you get familiar with recording through your old metal stuff?
Yea I started to learn about production a couple years after that, at around 16, once my band started recording our first demos.
You told me you were introduced to Godfather Don through Joe Fatal, how did you know/meet Joe Fatal?
I met Fatal while I was working at a clothing store downtown Broadway between Prince & Spring. I used to play my demos in the store all the time and he walked in one day on a busy Saturday and was like “yo who the fuck is that?” and we became friends from there. “Murder” was the joint that caught his attention.
Also – how did Naughty Shorts ending up doing those 2 joints?
Shorty was one of Fatal’s boys from Queens. He also did Dopefiend and Ill Street Blues for G Rap.
Where was Run For Your Life recorded? and while we’re at it, the Naughty Shorts ones too?
Run For Your Life was recorded at the legendary Power Play. Shorty’s joints were recorded at Fatal’s crib. He had a dope studio setup for back then. Not a lotta people had studios at the crib like that.
Did you take the ones you and the fellas produced into a studio or are they home recordings?
They were mostly home recordings, either in our home or somebody else’s setup at the crib.
You mentioned to me that Large Pro and Nas were in the studio when you recorded the Godfather Don joint – They happened to be [just] hangin out?
Yessir, just hanging outtttt like the Main Source song haha. That’s how it was at Power Play and a lotta studios in NYC back then. Any day in 1993 you might randomly bump into Nas chillin in the lobby rolling a blunt while Rakim would be in the A-room recording with his white Benz parked out front. This is before Illmatic dropped. This was the era. If you know, you know.
A1 Murder [prod Ill Bill]
A2 I’m Not Happy [prod by Naughty Shorts]
A3 Economics [prod Necro & Ill Bill]
A4 Peep The Zoobaz [prod by Goretex & 10k)
A5 Junkies Wit Gunz [prod by Goretex & Ill Bill)
B1 EMA [prod by Goretex & Ill Bill)
B2 Run for Your Life [prod by Godfather Don]
B3 Orgy of The Damned [prod by Naughty Shorts]
B4 Peep The Zoobaz Remix [prod by Goretex]
B5 One For The Butcher’s Knife [prod by Necro)
A1 produced by Ill Bill. A2 & B3 prod by Naughty Shorts.
A3 prod by Necro & Ill Bill. A4 prod by Goretex & 10k.
A5 & B1 prod by Goretex & Ill Bill. B2 prod by Godfather Don.
B4 prod by Goretex. B5 prod by Necro.
Executive producer Necro.
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