Interview with Performing Artist / ILL-Eagle | Edition X
Describe your sound as if we were deaf.
A.C: well… if your deaf then I can’t use other sounds to help me so I’ll describe it as if it was visual. iLL-EAGLE sounds like a graffiti wall in the subway that you get a glimpse of when the train is going by really fast. You can’t really see it that well but the glimpses you catch are damn near beautiful. You wish you could see more.
Justhink: my sound is like driving a motorcycle at top speed down a long, dark, narrow, bumpy path; trying to maneuver all of its fast turns towards a very bright warm light at the end of the path.
What is distinctive about your sound?
A.C: we aren’t exactly rapping about, what we look like we rap about. We look like we do the fuckin ‘jerk’ dance & rap about superficial bullshit. Well, at some point every rapper is gonna talk about superficial bullshit, but we talk about real shit that we been through (typical, I know). We don’t look like we’ve been to jail but……listen to our songs.
Justhink: I think what is so distinctive about my style is the speed and flow of it all. When people listen to our music they are usually confused and lost at what I say, but are compelled to listen again because the flow of it all was stimulating and attractive
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
A.C: PRIMARY being the key word in that question (because there are many), I’d have to say Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Ab-Liva, Lupe Fiasco and other intricate wordsmiths of the 90’s & on.
Justhink: My primary inspiration for not only music but my life has to be Tupac Shakur. He was a revolutionary in every sense of the word. He talked with passion and not only spoke of the glits and glamour of being him but also spoke about the hardships of not only being a major artist but being a poor civilian.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
A.C: we’re actually in the process of recording our 1st project so I guess its automatically my favorite body of work. The song “illin on my go-kart” is pretty nuts tho… we jacked a Asher Roth beat & went off on it hard.
Justhink: yes. We came up with this idea to do a parody of a HOT 97 funk master flex freestyle. It was so fun, And also very funny. Not to add that I was also drunk! But there were def. a lot of laughs and giggles during that recording.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
A.C: I love art school but my grades could never really express that. I translate better through music so imma go all in and see if this can get some bills paid in the process. I got student debt out the ass.
Justhink: the main factor for launching my career was my arrest in 2008. Before that date I felt like I had a purpose but never had any drive. Once I was arrested I had 26 hours to think about my life and I decided to make changes to speak and be heard.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
A.C: man I got a whole laundry list of who I’d wanna work with but imma keep it simple right now. Asher Roth, The Clipse, Pink, System of a Down, Paramore, Papa Roach, Lupe Fiasco, Slaughterhouse etc…
Justhink: I would love to work with eminem for his maniacal schemes and his ridiculous rhyme patterns. I would also love to work with the neptunes…I love there forward thinking sound.
How is the Internet changing your craft?
A.C: the Internet makes it a whole WORLD easier to get on.
Justhink: the Internet is making it a lot easier to spread music and create a musical buzz.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
A.C: I feel like what I’m doing is the most important thing I could possibly being doing for myself and if anyone else out there finds a deeper worth in it then that’s just great also.
Justhink: I feel like what im doing is very important because its not like im rapping to get the bitches or to get a car. Im rapping to speak to the poor misguided youth. And the people that are in the rut and don’t know what to do with themselves. Those who think that no one cares about them. Im here to tell them, and let them know that there is a better way.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
A.C: well I’d definitely still wanna continue my graphic design career at some point and work on my solo project in between iLL-EAGLE joints. We shall see how this all plays out….
Justhink: my long term goals are to start charities and funds to help the poor and aids victims. Take money back to the places ive lived and build up the neighborhood. Give my mother back all the money ive stolen from her and help my father and brother pursue there dreams.