Review: Illmac is Still Standing… From What?


Note: My music reviews will always be “late.” It is my belief that albums should be listened to in different moods, settings, and after extended breaks, all while conditioning yourself to accept what you were given as opposed to what you wanted. Only then can you give a legitimate and honest critique of the material.

In 2015, Illmaculate and OnlyOne finally buckled down and gave the fans what they wanted: another collaborative effort from Sandpeople’s headiest alumni. Only & Ill was a dense effort filled with great bars, some amazing production, and its fair share of missteps. The same could also be said about 2014’s Clay Pigeons, but Only & Ill suffered a little more because some of its offerings felt more ambitious, which meant its faults had a greater impact. Whether or not the change was intentional, Illmaculate seemed intent on avoiding this issue on his next project; trimming not only his name, but the tracklist, as well. Continue reading