iLLism – “iLL Vibes”


iLLism are a duo specializing in R&B and hip-hop, with new track “iLL Vibes” expressing a sound reminiscent of ’90s hip-hop from the get-go, with nostalgic static of a radio dial and a DJ personality kicking things off. The initial hip-hop delivery and beat reminds fondly of Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80, particularly the excellent track “Chapter Six”. Both vocalists show eclectic ability as they alternate between fluid hip-hop and entrancing R&B flows, swapping lead vocal parts during the verses as they converge for the infectiously dazzling chorus. “iLL Vibes” is a well-done track from this rising duo, for sure.

2/6/18 Update: The track’s music video was just released, and is streaming below:

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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