The Boy Illinois f/ Twista & Trae Tha Truth “BlackMale”

The Boy Illinois‘ biggest collab to date features verses from the Chi-Town legend who’s recently taken Illi under his wing: Twista and the versatile Hustle Gang emcee Trae Tha Truth. First off, I’m excited about the progress for one of my favorite emcees from the crib; last year’s tour with Lupe, now the first of more big-name collabs to come.

“BlackMale” first features Illi himself upping his intensity to a high height, starting off with some alliteration, and setting the tone with some slick, chest-puffing raps. But wait… it only gets better from here.

Trae Tha Truth starts the next verse and ups the pace, transitioning seamlessly into The Boy Illinois who matches the speed and in the process, showcases his versatility of styles in just this one track. The icing on the cake is an even faster pace, encouraged by a flurry of piano keys, by Twista who picks up where Illi leaves off and shuts the track down with some vintage Twista rhymes. It was refreshing to hear talented verses, one immediately after another that when well-executed like below, stands a track apart.

I think Illi’s got one here, and it’s a fast 2:40 listen with a lot of bars over that time. It warrants mentioning the ever-changing production that helped set the tone as well by C.O.O.P. (mixed and mastered by The Ambulance Factory.) Superb job by all parties involved.


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