Illy blasted his way onto the scene back in 2010 with the release of his sophomore album, The Chase. The album unleashed the powerful and well-loved singles ‘Cigarettes’ (triple j Hottest 100 #25, 2011), ‘The Chase’ and the ARIA Gold-selling ‘It Can Wait’ feat. Owl Eyes (triple j Hottest 100 #29, 2010). The album took him on two sold out headline tours, an endless list of festival bills and scored both ARIA and AIR Award nominations.
The follow-up to The Chase came in the form of Illy’s 2012 offering Bring It Back. Described by the Melbourne based emcee as “a heart album”, the release was a passion project paying homage to the ever-growing Australian hip hop community. Reflective of the scene behind the genre, it was largely a collaborative album, including all manner of vocal and production guests. The album spawned the singles Heard It All (triple j Hottest 100 #75, 2012) and Where Ya Been, which was a collaboration with fellow Melbourne emcee Pez.
After a hugely successful tour in support of Bring It Back Illy spared almost no time, bunkering back down in the studio to begin work on his new album, which has been dubbed the sequel to The Chase. Due for release in late 2013 the yet to be named album is set to be Illy’s most powerful offering yet and cement his name among the leaders in Australian hip hop.