Illmac Talks about the Transition To More of a comedy Based on the Hip-Hop In "Ethereal" LP
#DXCLUSIVE: The experienced battle rapper also drops the release date and cover art for the project in collaboration with fellow Sandpeople member Goldini Bagwell.
Portland, or – Illmac — or Illmaculate — has built a permanent follow-up in the battle rap scene since he won the 2004 Scribble Jam at the ripe age of 17 years. On the heels of their King that The Point of the Massacre in 3 appearance where he fought Chilla Jones, a 31-year-old native of Portland is heavy mode promo of his next album in collaboration with fellow Sandpeople member Goldini Bagwell, Ethereal.
By the sound of it, Illmac is taking a step outside of their comfort zone to deliver something battle rap fans might not necessarily expect from the seasoned MC.
"You have this kind of space, emotional vibe ... a lot of the songs touch on relationships and love," Illmac explains to HipHopDX. "We've played a Small Warrior, who adds vocals to a number of songs on the album, and she described it as "ethereal", that's just kind of stuck with us.
"I feel that this is the perfect transition for me because a lot of the new music that I'm making is more about the mood or feeling," he continues. "The letters are still important, obviously, but sometimes it's about what the words can't say. I think that this project is unlike anything that any of us has ever done."
Ethereal by Illmac & Goldini Bagwell
Produced in its entirety by Oldominion's Smoke M2D6, the album became its current incarnation in an organic way. The fellow Sandpeople already knew that I could do magic together, but once the Smoke was officially on board, all together.
"Initially we had the beats of a couple of different producers, but the first four songs that we made just happened to be Smoke of the beats," Illmac says. "After listening to the first batch of songs, they sounded so cohesive, I was like, 'we Must have it produce the entire project.' We had been working on several projects, including Single And Sick, and the mythical Sandpeople album, in addition to travel together. Finally, the idea of making an album came about naturally."
Ethereal is sched