IAtlanta is home to some of the most pivotal artists in music today. The city's newest artist/producer duo, ILLClinton, have been added to that list. ILLClinton consist of two brothers, Brennan and Blake Belair, who originally started out as a production team known as The Elite. In 2012, with much to say and an overwhelming passion to create, Brennan decided to pick up the mic and quickly realized he had found his calling. Blake Belair took over the production duties full-time and the brothers recorded their first track as ILLClinton.
In early 2013, the duo released their debut mixtape, ILLANTA, an ode to their hometown told through a collection of stories and personal experiences. ILLClinton cut through the clutter with a unique style and sound which was unlike anything else that has come out of Atlanta. ILLANTA quickly grabbed the attention and respect of the underground rap game and is commonly referred to as a classic by listeners around the world. Showing off witty lyricism and a blend of golden era and new aged production, the brothers created an innovative new lane for themselves.
Just a few months later, ILLClinton partnered with Scion AV to release a six song electronic infused EP entitled The ILL Experiment, while working on their second full length release. The ILL Experiment was produced without sampling, and shows another side to the duo's creativity.
A little more than a year after their debut, The ILL released the second installment to their breakout project, perfectly titled, ILLANTA II. Brennan, the promising emcee of the duo, delivers a plethora of lyrical cadences and an eloquent wordplay to exude a fearless, yet brilliant subject matter. Blake Belair's production brings a one of a kind style to the group's sound, fusing golden aged boombap along with contemporary trap drums and tripped out, ambient soundscapes that compliment Brennan's conscious, yet youthful outlook.
ILLClinton has received praise from many popular music websites such as AllHipHop.com, Pigeons and Planes, Potholes In My Blog, Hypetrak, DJ Booth, and hundreds of other blogs across the internet. They have rocked out several venues, including the Noisey CMJ Rap Party and the Scion Open Mic in New York City, as well as a handful of shows in Atlanta. Pulling from a wide array of influences, ILLClinton is at the forefront of a southern renaissance happening in today's hip hop culture. In just one year, the duo has managed to create a lane of their own by combining intelligent, unorthodox lyricism with catchy melodies while always maintaining artistic integrity.