Meet, Ill Smith, the music producer and MC you need to know. Ill Smith is an entrepreneur, knows the music business, and is on his way to a major breakthrough. Based on his work ethics, knowledge, and talent, that shouldn’t be too far away. This industry vet is making some major moves, working on two albums and a new EP as well as creating new promotion opportunities and more. He’s out here working and we had to catch up with him. We got a chance to interview Ill Smith about his sound, upcoming plans and more. Check it out below.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
My Name is Ian or Ill Smith(Producer/MC). I’ve been producing and making music professionally since 1997. I have been recording Hip-Hop and Rap songs and freestyles for as long as I remember.
Ill Smith is a pure Raw lyricist with Gangsta roots as well as an eccentric style rhyming(the best of all worlds).We are what you would call an Ultimate International Artist, not to be arrogant, a capable artist since the early 1980s as a toddler.I was talking to an advertising agent recently about the name “Ill”. Why choose that name, is often the question.
I was given this name by so many including family members in 1986 (before some other unnamed artists ever existed/before Nasir). Everytime I tried to run from the name, it always came straight back to me. So it’s just my name.
I mix underground Rap with a Mainstream local Indiana mentality flooding speakers often with Ice.
My artistic expression can only be described as pure emotion mixed with a little Live MC creativity.
I live for Hip-Hop. If Rap Music was a bunch of Continents spread across this great world, Ill would be the giant who stepped on all of them and created a New Hip-Hop Pangea.
How would you describe your sound?
A thorough Producer of Gangsta Rap, Real Hip-Hop, Trap Music, and any other versatile Genre of Rap.
20 years Mixing, Mastering, Recording, Performing, and Editing for the General public’s pleasure. Eye’s bleed with desire and fear of a full length Hip-Hop Masterpiece comes out of the piles of kits.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
The Song “Eww Zombies” actually came to me about 2 days after I recorded a track called “Zone Ice”. I had made this amazing, seemingly strange jam packed freestyle about a way someone feels when they begin recording and have Ill feelings of greatness on a track. It’s a description of the aftermath
of running out of Ill Rhymes. Kind of like the Walking Dead or some other Zombie Movies.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
We are currently open for show bookings in the New England Area. My latest project that we are working on is the reproduction of the 1st Solo Album we recorded in 2009 called “Ill Smith the Album”. In between we are shooting Music Videos for “Eternity” which is releasing on 02/24/2017. We are actually releasing 1 Instrumental Album shortly following “Eternity” as well as 2 more projects(1 EP, 1 Album) by the end on 2017.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
My biggest achievements are numerous and plenty, but the one’s that really stick out to me are.
Beating Captain Kirk to win a freestyle early 2000s in Indianapolis, IN using the name Illsotea(Illegal),performing live shows with the Real King $olomon(GrimNasty), and many countless Mixtape appearances.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s)
I like all kinds of music. I think that there are lots of Artist I would make a track with. I really like how creative some of the new generation is also. If I had to choose, I’d go with Yo Gotti, Twista, Bone Thugs, Snoop, the list just doesn’t stop actually. Recent collaborations only include Beat geniuses. “Eternity” is 100% Written, Produced, and Recorded by Ill Smith. The only real collaboration on this recent project was @gummybeats or Moscow Mark for the song “Choppin’ Vapez, No Seeds
Name something random that people do not know about you.
I would honestly say, that would be music. Most people don’t know how much I love music and how much I care about this industry. I’m a real hustler type of man, but the only thing that has EVER drove me was music. I love Hip-Hop.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
People don’t just like anyone out there making music. People like someone who is not afraid to say what they really feel. No one has ever liked anything I made unless it reached them personally.
What can we expect from you in the future?
As a Producer right now I’m working on building a full media studio. I will always continue to push projects out as well. The feedback I’ve been getting recently has been very positive. If you lovin’ it, why stop!
Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
I’m excited of what the future will bring us this year! I’d just like to share that the world always has it’s own struggles that everyone goes through,
but it is how you channel your perseverance that builds the character you are. Stay Real and Think Ill.