Mr. ILL rose to prominence during the mid 90’s with the Cellblock Records crew out of Oakland, California, where he featured on classic albums like Do Or Die and Big Thangs by Ant Banks, Rappin’ Ron & Ant Diddley Dog‘s Bad N-Fluenz, Askari X’s Message To The Black Man, and the Cellblock Records Compilations.
He was signed on Cellblock Records / Priority Records where he released his solo album in 1996 entitled The Rebirth. This incredibly dope album featured his labelmates Rappin’ Ron & Ant Diddley Dog, FM Blue, his brother Devon, and the ever-soulful Stacy Hogg. The Rebirth was produced by a variety of producers including Ant Banks on 3 tracks, Blackjack, Doyle and others.
Happy Birthday, Mr. ILL!
Check out the classic Mr. ILL song and video “3 Hills of Suga” featuring Stacy Hogg: