The exceptionally talented emcee, who
is half of legendary Labklik and and part of the Deepspace5 collective,
recently released his full solo album Dialog
of the Downtrodden on Illect
Recordings. Illtripp’s realistic thought provoking ballads and signature
style that has been celebrated on miles of TDK tape are guaranteed to make
your head nod. Illect Recordings uniquely offers a free e-card download of
Illtripp’s album at
http://www.illtripp.com, and you can purchase the album through your
choice of high quality MP3 or traditional format at
When did you know that you wanted to be a
rapper and who were your influences?
I started rapping when I was in junior High
but didn't take it too seriously until I was 17. My influences at that time
were run DMC and LL Cool J.
How did you meet up with Listener to form
Labklik and how did you come up with the name?
Labklik was a name he had and was using he
asked me if I wanted to be a part of it after he got a hold of one of my
very early tapes.
hook up with Deepspace5?
Manchild asked us if we wanted to form a
crew with The Pride and Sev Statik, we said, "sure" and that was the
formation of Deepspace5. Its really not that great of a story is it?
has released numerous independent albums, how many have been released,
counting the TDK tape days?
I don't know I think 9 or 10
Your upcoming solo release is entitled
Dialog of the
Downtrodden, what will listeners hear on this release?
All the beats were done by Freddie Bruno so
it is a very well produced album. The songs are about real life and real
people. There are not a lot of songs about rapping or being hip hop or
representing or how good I am so it might not be what people are used to
from a rap record. It is more just about life. I think if people listen to
it they will get what I am trying to say, it is not, how should I say,
complicated or obtuse lyrically most of it is fairly straight forward.
What influenced you to record a solo album?
I have always done solo work; this is just
another group of songs I wanted to get out of my brain. The biggest drive
for me on this project was the beats that Fred was doing for it, I think
they are really good, so they inspired me to write about what I feel are
What do you feel is your favorite track off
I like a song called "Cardboard Self
Portrait" a lot.
Where do you get the inspiration for your
I would love to say, "from God." but I'm not
sure my songs are nearly that profound so they must just come from my head.
I get inspired by a line from a movie or a quote I read or something someone
says to me or a sample in a beat. Anything can inspire a good song; the hard
part in my opinion is fleshing that original concept out into an
understandable rap song that people like to listen to.
How did you get together with
illect records for your upcoming solo and
I don't really know. I think they like our
style of music.
What’s in store in the near future from
Well, tomorrow I am going to work, beyond
that I am not too sure.
Any last words?
Am I dying or something? Why do I have to
give my last words now? That is a lot of pressure.
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