Illus f/Blueprint, Ill Bill & DJ Johnny Juice “The Gift”
On Family First, Illus collaborates lyrically and sonically with some of best emcees and producers in the business. Each emcee featured is also the producer of the track they appear on and this collaborative process is a first for any Hip-Hop project.
Family First is also co-produced by Public Enemy luminary DJ Johnny Juice and
the star-studded guest emcee/producer list includes; Apathy, Ill Bill, Blueprint, J-Live, Erin Barra, Headsnack, Phashara, Chuuwee, Esoteric and more.
“The Gift” features Blueprint, Ill Bill and DJ Johnny Juice discussing what “Family First” means to them. It is a love letter to my son, my family and the universal HIPHOP family. I shot and edited this with help from my wife, learning Adobe Premier and After Effects as I went, so I could share these very special moments in our lives with all of you. This isn’t your typical HIPHOP song, nor is it meant to be a “hit” or a “banger”. It’s simply an incredible beat produced by DJ Johnny Juice and some honest, heart felt words by some very talented artists and a message to my son that I hope he will appreciate later in life.