Planning to release this on Tuesday the 14th, i got impatient and let it go on the 13th. The Illvolution was a long time coming, at least in my mind. Ive wanted to put something like this together since 2008, but nobody had a damn clue who i was. I started to piece it together in 2012 and was surprised at how many artists came through with almost no questions asked. I have to say thank you to everyone involved. Ive been thankful to work with a handful of talented artists over the past few years, to have earned a certain level of respect from all the people involved is an honor. [of course im speculating, but why else contribute to a free album with no budget?] Everyone featured on this project is dope. Period. I wasn’t out to reach a specific type of fan. I was out to be selfish and get as many dope artists to rap on my beats, as possible. So, those featured on this project again thank you.
As far as naming it The Illvolution, this album is essentially a culmination of everything ive been able to achieve musically. The evolution of ILL. Or The Revolution…whatever that means.
Shout to John E Cab for mixing the majority of the project. As Us Natives, we have alot on the table for 2014. Including an EP with New Jersey artist Skrewtape called No Filter. We have also released a free track with Planetary of Outerspace — http://www.hulkshare.com/planetary/ignorant-master-v1
Thats all for now…oh yeah “Mediums” coming SOON……….
Its been about a week since i have released my newest instrumental project. Its available for FREE download and $6.00 for a limited edition cassette tape Ragnarok….
Read some reviews here:
“With the opening strings reverberating chasmicly, listeners are instantly made aware of the sonic scope and depth that Ragnarok occupies. Clinton is in no rush here to convey his inspiration of the mythical lore that this project is steeped in. As a result, the sounds stretch expansively and naturally; drums erupt with their fall-out lingering well into the next hit, horns exhale until literal deflation, and synths drone panoramically above. It’s vastly ominous; something like the sparser moments of The Crow‘s film score…” – Hardeep [The Word is Bond] [http://www.thewordisbond.com/96842/ill-clinton-ragnarok-ep-review/]
“Ill Clinton created a batch of moody instrumentals that could essentially act as the soundtrack during Ragnarok. But instead of presenting you with the obvious dark and horrific-sounding beats to pair with the bloodshed, he constructs the tunes that could be heard when silence blankets the Earth and the dust settles. The calm after the storm and the rebirth that follows…” – Tiffology [Crayon Beats] [http://www.crayonbeats.com/ill-clinton-ragnarok-album/]
“ll Clinton must be consuming some quality water (and who knows what else) in Philadelphia, for his new album shows a richness in making some incredible beats and productions on a hip-hop level, and beyond.Ragnarok is sample based and features the kind of musical textures that would make people come up with different names for each sub-genre they felt was appropriate: trip hop, acid jazz, EDM, whatever…” – John Book [http://www.thisisbooksmusic.com/2013/08/06/review-ill-clinton-ragnarok/]
“Philadelphia’s Ill Clinton is a prolific producer of this age, slipping under most media radars with a tenacious approach to launching out digital and physical content that hits at the core of head nodding hip hop anthems of the most sophisticated order. Known to some as Vibe, the latest offering in his hypnotic instrumental hip hop archives has landed on the door steps of one of the worlds leading cassette labels I Had An Accident Records and the 14 track tape release Ragnarok. Where the rhythms take it back to the 90′s era of hip hop, the overtones have a mystic and ancient quality that makes it feel ominous and all consuming, diving back into the origins of musical creation of a higher order. A collection of beautiful beat mantras for this generation to soak in the beauty of neck snapping drum work, analog heavy overtones and a spacious aura that transcends time. Some of the most celestial tracks in the hip hop age come to mind when listening to Ragnarok, and it feels so easy getting lost inside of the album from the minimal layering of majestic tones….” – Sound Colour Vibration [http://soundcolourvibration.com/2013/08/13/ill-clinton-ragnarok/]
“Yo, this is so ill and definitely worth your money. It’s a cool lil’ tape for under five bucks that bangs hard with obscure beats. Take ”Black Pontiac” for instance. The drums are melancholy but the feel is very uplifting and is very easy to bob your head to. I highly recommend this dope mood changing tape brought to you by I Had An Accident Records” – Access Hip Hop [http://www.accesshiphop.com/store/?itemid=23670]
I recently teamed up with IHAA Records ( http://ihadanaccident.tumblr.com/ ) to release a limited edition cassette [100 will be available]. The project is called Ragnarok and is set to be released on August 6th. In Nordic mythology, Ragnarok, is essentially the destruction of the existing world and the creation of a new one (among many other things) *see [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragnar%C3%B6k]. In developing Ragnarok i chose to make Side A the destruction and Side B the re-creation. There are 14 tracks of instrumental music for your listening pleasure. I will let you decide the end result.
You can listen to Juniper here and stay tuned for Ragnarok
The second installment of Used Vinyl Review from Us Natives with a few special guests.
released 21 December 2012
Produced by Us Natives 2012
Mixed and Mastered by John E Cab
Thanks to Haj, Mekz and Ant for being a part of this project
Used Vinyl Review II – December 12, 2012 – http://usnatives.bandcamp.com/
Listen to “Popeye Doyle”
The new EP from my new production group Us Natives (Ill Clinton & John E Cab) is all set to be released on April 20th. The album is titled Used Vinyl Review and is 9 original instrumentals. The album will be available for free download @ www.usnatives.bandcamp.com . We are also working on putting together some merchandise for all of those who are interested (Stickers, T Shirts, ETC. This album is only a taste of what we are planning on delivering in 2012.
PEEP THE COVER [ARTWORK BY ILL CLINTON]
for those of you unfamiliar with John E Cab check him out @ these places
Ive decided to put together a Valentines Day inspired beat EP.
Music To Make Love By will be available here on Valentines Day—> http://mrillclinton.bandcamp.com/
SKYWALKEN VOL. 2 COMING 2/18/2012 …………..