This is the third single from Illy’s wildly successful sophomore release The Chase, this track Cigarettes features Hue Blanes of the Melodics, with production by ARIA award‐winning M‐Phazes. Music video by Rockaway Media
This October, Illy hits the road for his biggest tour yet. With relentless live shows and two acclaimed albums under his belt, the emcee has earned his crown as one of our of country’s top hip hop artists. With Sydney’s Spit Syndicate and Darwin’s Sietta joining the bill, and ARIA Award winning producer M-Phazes as host, this tour is the perfect follow-up to the 21 date (mostly sold out) album tour last March.
It’s been one hell of a ride for Illy, with singles Pictures, It Can’t Wait’ (Feat. Owl Eyes), and The Chase already becoming radio favourites. Illy’s latest single Cigarettes has just hit radio and is a prime example of musical matching between M-Phazes and Illy.
Illy said, “Phazes first showed me this beat at the Bunbury Groovin’ The Moo… It’s not a typical hip-hop sounding beat, which I loved from first listen. The song is about someone who falls from grace, and as crazy and futile as it might be, they can’t let go of their dream whatever the consequence.”
In support is Sydney’s Spit Syndicate who earned an ARIA nomination for their second album Exile – proving again that Australian hip hop deserves its place in our musical forefront. NT duo, Sietta will also join the bill. Sietta are becoming a staple in Australian music with the strong vocals of Caiti Balker matched with the deep electric/hip-hop production of James Mangohig. Signing to The Herd’s own label, Elefant Traks, Sietta have their soul and blues drenched hip-hop debut The Seventh Passenger out now.