Illa J - Home


Illa J takes us on a trip to his hometown Detroit with his third solo album HOME. Following his self titled LP, Illa J sometimes known as “John Regal” (born October 13,1986 in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, multi instrumentalist. His last LP successfully took Illa J out of his brother and hiphop legend J Dilla‘s shadow to show he is in his own lane.

For the Release of Illa J’s new album „Home“, inflammable teamed up with the artist and his label Jakarta Records as well as mutual Detroit original Carhartt WIP to create a limited run of t-shirts. The Carhartt Work in Progress T-Shirt made of 100% cotton jersey comes in both grey and white and features the original „Home“ Artwork by Robert Winter screen printed on the high quality garments. To complete the package, each one of the 100 T-Shirts comes in a special cotton bag, including stickers, a poster and polaroids Robert Winter took during his last visit in Detroit.

"Singing was always a big passion for me.. I was always fascinated at all the acrobatic vocal runs some singers do with their voice. To me it's an athletic thing and I definitely see myself as a vocal athlete.. and for that deeper understanding of my voice that I now have I have to thank my vocal coach Betty Lane. She literally helped me to push out the voice that had been waiting there for years, ready to come out, like "John use me, I'm your voice" and It was always a goal of mine to make a project that showcases my singing. I see myself as a singer songwriter first, I just grew up in the generation of rap, so the 2 styles just fused together naturally.

On „Sam Cook“ which is an ode to Illa J‘s father who ghostwrote for Motown, Yancey dives into his falsetto that is reminiscent of D‘Angelo, Bilal and Al Green. While keeping his focus on singing. Illa J sprinkles the album with rap verses. On „7Mile“ his vocals smoothly float over the more raw/alternative cut laid by Valentine.

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