iLLism – “Bet”


“Bet” is a catchy, soulful track from Minneapolis-based hip-hop group iLLism, off their second studio album iLLuminate. The husband-wife duo have been rising since becoming a top three finalist in Prince’s Paisley Park Battle of Bands in 2017, and with “Bet” have an effort with radio appeal. The track is produced by rising producer Tone Jones (Atlanta), with piano played by Yanni Davis (Minneapolis). The alternation between the hip-hop verses and pop-fueled chorus plays nicely, maintaining a chill flow throughout. The hook repeats admirably in the final minute or so, with gentle piano flourishes and multi-layered vocals expanding the pleasant sound.

“Bet” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2018’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Indie Hip-Hop and Rap.

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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