Ill Bill is still working hard in 2009 after completing his sophomore album The Hour of Reprisal and a forty-date tour last year. Representing his group La Coka Nostra, which is comprised of Slain and former House of Pain members Everlast, Danny Boy, and DJ Lethal, Ill Bill performs his most personal song, “My Uncle,” live on Fearless Music TV. Check out the video for the performance with DJ Eclipse backing Bill up.
Bill explains the background of the song: “When I was a kid, I looked up to Howie. My parents split when I was little and my mom was at work all the time. My grandmother raised me and my uncle was always around. Now that I’m older, I know that he was a heroin addict with all kinds of severe issues but as a kid, I had no idea what heroin addiction was. Naming the label after him was a joke at first. It wasn’t until much later that it took on a deeper meaning. It was my way of attaching something positive to a person who had a huge, positive impact on me” states the MC. Bill continues â€œHe had the potential for greatness but ended up going down the wrong path. Me including him in my music is my way of giving back.”
The Hour of Reprisal, the highly anticipated second solo album from Brooklyn’s independent hip hop kingpin ILL BILL is available now on Uncle Howie/Fat Beats. The former Non Phixion member and current La Coka Nostra riot-starter has surgically crafted a fine masterpeice featuring guest shots from Raekwon The Chef, Immortal Technique, La Coka Nostra, B-Real, Necro, Tech N9ne, Bad Brains, DJ Muggs, Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage, Max Cavalera of Sepultura/Soulfly, DJ Premier, Vinnie Paz and More.