AUDIO: Gods’Illa featuring J.Ivy’s “Valleys & Peaks”

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Gods’Illa has a brand new track out now produced by Joe.D and they talk about “Valleys & Peaks”. The song features J. Ivy and together they bring you what is easily one of the best songs of the summer 2015 season. The song is the latest from the group’s album Believe In Gods’Illa, out now.


VIDEO: Gods’Illa’s “ForestReal”

Believe In Gods’Illa (HiPNOTT) is the new album from GOds’Illa that is on its way, June 2nd to be exact and they’re released a video that will show you where they’re at and where they are headed. If you have not paid attention to these guys, you should right now from a group who know what it takes to make quality hip-hop. You can pre-order the album below via Bandcamp.

FREE DL: Substantial featuring Gods’Illa’s “360 Degrees”
A gift from HiPNOTT Records is here in the form if a new song produced by The Other Guys for Substantial. “360 Degrees” also marks the return of Gods’Illa, which is more than welcome to my ears.

VIDEO: Gods’illa featuring featuring Maimouna Youssef’s “You Don’t Have To Be A Star”

From one of the best projects of 2011 is a music video from Gods’illa, this one featuring vocalist Maimouna Youssef as they tell us why “You Don’t Have To Be A Star” to be in their show.

BANDCAMP SUGGESTIONS: Gods’illa’s “CPR: The Blend Tape”

Photobucket Gods’illa have returned with a brand new album. Well, in this case it’s a mix tape, or what they’re calling a “blend tape”, and it’s called CPR. Off the top, the album features a number of intros and interludes from well known MC’s offering their support to the group, and the entire project features Erykah Badu as the “host” of the tape. All of this offers a sense of validity and wisdom to the group and the music, a nice way of saying they’re all showing support for one another but you know what? It’s not needed.

Reason? Gods’illa are good as is, but if the guests throughout the album are a lure for people to check out the group, then the efforts have worked. This may be a mix/blend tape, but it works like what television people call a “resume tape”. In other words, this is the group putting their all into each and every song, and it has the vibe and spontaneity of groups from the mid to late 90’s, but without sounding retro. A lot of people tend to think that anything retro means it sounds “old”, but it’s not so much the sound but the feeling the groups and songs represented. What I hear in CPR is a group calling for a cry for help, a different way of saying how hip-hop has saved many lives and now it’s the people that have to bring that classic feeling of hip-hop back to life.

A lot of these songs remind me of how it felt when “Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka”, and I call these guys leaders of that Eshkoshka Movement, in that these guys sound determined, more than willing and able to make music, all while celebrating themselves, each other, and what it means to be a representative of hip-hop. It’s that “rewind factor” that made you want to hear the songs, and song after song, until the entire album was through. Then repeat. Tracks like “Everybody”, “Fine Line”, “You Owe Us”, and “Silent Weeper” each sound like rescue missions, if not mission statements for Gods’illa. It’s almost as if they’re saying “you can like this guy and that guy, and you may like this style of hip-hop and think it’s ill, but the Gods are illa, in more ways than one.”

For new fans, the narrative from Badu is perhaps a way to be formally introduced to the group, as she explains how she was unaware of the group but once she heard their music, she was appreciative of their efforts and became a fan. There’s a reason for that, and you’ll hear it on CPR. The music is not militant in a dead prez sense, but then again it may very well be. Or at least the power of the militancy is heard in the lyrics, the flows, and the production but without being so in-your-face. Then again, maybe that’s what hip-hop needs. Then again, it has always been there, and it’s not so much that hip-hop needs it, but the so called heads who feel what they’re hearing expands their minds when in truth they’re limiting themselves to falsehoods. CPR is an album with hopes and fears in the daily life of guys who aren’t afraid to say what’s on their minds, and that if there are dreams to be reached, you have to do a lot of reality in order to fulfill it. Again, the Eshkoshka Movement, and if you understand what that means, you will find a lot to enjoy about this. If not, but are willing to learn, take the first step towards the ill Gods.

REVIEW: Gods’illa “The Album”

If I’m not nice on the mic, then show me somebody who might… give me some competition/let me hear something that’ll make me wanna listen/’cause everbody hustlin’ and everybody spittin’/everybody smokin’ and everybody sippin’/I’m powerful, I strive to do different (listen)/So who readin’, who writin’, who teachin’/who keepin’ all of you out the streets when/guns and drugs is giving them a reason to run around acting like a heathen (damn!)/I’m still in B’more, so yeah, I’m still believin’ that wack rap cats’ll fall back (and) stop speakin’

Not even half way through the first full-length song on this album and I was sold. You’ll see their name and think “okay, they’re a spiritual group because they feel that God is illa (iller) than all.” While that may be true, being spiritual or even Christian is not the running theme. Now others might be saying “aah, just like Ol’ Dirty Bastard once said, the black man is God, so does that mean that these guys feel that being a self-proclaimed God is iller than most, and if so, more than who?” Whatever the proper definition of their name is, what I do hear on Gods’illa: The Album is the kind of rhymes, flows, and production that brings to mind the best of groups like Heltah Skeltah, Originoo Gunn Clappaz, Smif-N-Wessun and Black Moon. In other words, there’s a sense of brotherhood and friendship that comes from being together for a few years, it doesn’t sound like a rush job or something manufactured. Each of the guys have distinct voices so it’s not like you’ll hear this and go “now is this verse from the same guy I just heard rhyming for the last 45 minutes”, I myself like hearing individuality in their deliveries and I do hear it here. As they say in “Glaciers”, it’s all about blasting “verbal shots” because they may be “slaving for paper” due to the fact that they still have to be grinding in order to survive. They are willing to fight in order to make a living, and that fight is done in the means of writing intense lyrics.

With that said, don’t expect them to come off as 24/7 street soldiers or anything like that, they do manage to have a bit of fun and spirit in a Pharcyde sense, but also don’t take that to sound like they’re rhyming nothing but jokes in high pitched voices. There’s just an attitude that I like because it sounds as if they’re all in the same room, making smirks at each other, and going “yeah, I wanna out do you for the love of what we as a collective represent.” When you have special guests dropping rhymes with Acem, Truth and Powerful, they become a part of the family too, it doesn’t sound like any of them are trying to 1-up on each other for the sake of future credibility on their resumes.

Gods’illa will hopefully continue to do what it takes to get themselves heard, but I hope this i no way diminishes the united spirit I hear here. They sound hungry, and that makes this even more of a vicious attack on the senses, as the verse I quoted above shows. What’s the time? Yes, it’s time to get Gods’illa.