Illy Emcee | Living In The Moment

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Living In The Moment

by Illy Emcee

Geared towards the educated consumer, this album is laced with engaging lyrical content and rock solid production.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. We Must Innovate
3:58 $0.99
2. You Don't Know
4:14 $0.99
3. Solitude
3:33 $0.99
4. 2005
1:43 $0.99
5. Time and Error
3:28 $0.99
6. Ill Street Bluez
2:56 $0.99
7. The Fear
3:05 $0.99
8. Art of Being
3:29 $0.99
9. Clouded Vision
4:21 $0.99
10. Brunch with Hefner
2:15 $0.99
11. That's Hot
3:49 $0.99
12. Fuck Your Thoughts
7:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Living in the Moment + + + + + Destroying trends, smashing through adversaries, and perfecting the art of being; Illy emcee's album "Living in the Moment" is here to forge ahead, and rearrange the current sound of hip-hop. Geared towards the educated consumer, this album is laced with engaging lyrical content and rock solid production. Working with German based hip-hop phenom, Minnox, as well as Philly based artists, Dstar, J Smooth, and Ducketts; Illy focuses on bringing back quality and creativity to music.

Moving from Baltimore, to Philadelphia proved a prosperous relocation. Linking up with the likes of Armmani, Sharpness, and Messinain, he could be heard at Diesel Boy's infamous club night, Platinum. Illy also sets it off every thursday, along with Dara, The Brigade, and Nate Day at Rowdy, in Philadelphia.

On the production side, Illy forms the "Brigade" with Noisemachine and Tension. They aim to please with quality tracks ranging from catchy dance floor killers, to melodic, vibing jams. Watch out for Heavy releases on Dj SS' infamous Formation Recordings. Illy's work can also be heard on Phylum recordings, Zeropoint, the knowledge mix cd (may 2005 mixed by silver), as well as and collabortations with the likes of, Skibadee, MC Trip, Killa Kella, Armmani, Sharpness, Spor and the Black Sun Empire.



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10 Words or less? How about i go with INFUCKINGCREDIBLE.. Yeah? You like that?
This album makes me feel warm in so many special special areas. When the bassline from track 5 hits I usually become erect.

But not in a gay way...I'm totally thinking about babes when it happens......

Ok, this is awkward.

Bryan Friedman

This CD is HOT!
Corrupted by the likes of 50 Cent, Lil Kim, P. Diddy, Bow Wow and Eminem, hip-hop culture has gone to the dogs. It’s no longer about the complexity of beats and the intelligence of rhymes, but rather about who could bring in the most money. Just about anyone can release a CD these days, regardless how bad it is. The world which we live in is now infected with a virus – superstardom of untalented brethren.

As stated above, our culture is slowly being torn apart by the almighty dollar. When hip-hop was born, all that existed were the elements, knowledge being one of the most important of the five. Hitting on every topic from the current musical state to politics, Illy uses a variety of soundscapes to express his views in each track. And unlike the current state of “rap,” each track is created differently, utilizing everything from basslines, breaks and vocals to segments of other music genres.

The next track, “We Must Innovate” says it all. The self-destruction is sending what was once pure on a downward spiral. So what is innovation then? Open your ears to the title track, “Living in the Moment.” Assisted by rapid-fire lyrics, this track engulfs everything from an authentic bassline, to saxophone samples, additional vocals and sound effects.

As the middle of the disc approaches, “Ill Street Blues” deserves an honorable mention. The upbeat tempo of this tune could be symbolic of the message behind it – our crooked world and what it takes to succeed. Do you have “The Fear?” Forget the past, the paranoia. Thrive on “The Art of Being.” “Check the back of my neck. Freddy Free is hip-hop!” The messages in these two tunes inspire me to push the genre barriers forward. Why can’t others do the same?

As Illy said earlier – we must innovate. This album spins the genre back to its roots. “It’s Hot” opens with a vocal drop by Paris Hilton, and then continues on the rapid-fire style that Illy started earlier, only this time teaming up with Jason Ducketts. With Ducketts acting as a shadow, Illy and Ducketts perform the second-to-last track in true hip-hop form – freestyle lyrics atop scratch cuts, and breakbeats.

Illy Emcee’s “Living in the Moment” identifies with the creations that our forefathers put together – Afrika Bambaataa, Too Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Grand Wizard Theodore. The last track, “Fuck Your Thoughts,” is one of the faster numbers on the disc and one of my favorites. “Because I’m the alpha and omega” is one lyric that can explain this phenomenon that plagues our world – the beginning of the end of hip-hop. This disc was one of the most brilliant I’ve heard in a while, and though a lot of these tracks seem to be a bit too short, each one feeds off of the previous, which is exactly what a proper project should be made of.

Hillary Spiel

Illy Emcee.... Are 5 stars enough? I think not.
After listening to this perfectly balanced melodic, yet rugged CD in my car for the past couple of months, I have come to the conclusion that it absolutely exceeds a five star rating. It's sound compliments many moods, whether you are cruising in your car, or cleaning your apartment. My favorite aspect of this CD is how it captures Illy's true feelings on life, and relates to all of us.


highly intellectual
this album is pretty intellectual, now im not the best of listeners, and his delivery is hard to understand at some points, i wish i could get a hold of lyrics to this album but ill be tossing this in the corner for now.