VIDEO: Illy – “Cigarettes (ft. Hue Blanes)”

This video isn’t brand new, but it’s really surprising that it doesn’t have more views! It’s such a strong single, off an album that got a whole heap of attention, and the artistic direction the clip takes is pretty cool too. The video was shot around Melbourne, including at Red Door Sounds in Collingwood and The Corner Hotel in Richmond. It was directed by Andrew Wood of Rockaway Creative.

Illy’s breakthrough album The Chase really threw him into the Aussie hip-hop limelight, and this song is a great example of just how much he deserves that success. That chorus has so much potential for huge moments at gigs and festivals. I can see people waving their lighters already.

VIDEO/TOUR: Illy – “The Chase”

Those of you who cherish your Aussie hip-hop will no doubt be familiar with Illy – one of the newest and fastest growing names in Australia. Well he’s released another single, which also happens to be the title track from his latest album – “The Chase”.

For me, as much as the the catchy hooks and melodies contribute to a song, hip-hop really shines with the messages it sends. In fact, so does a lot of music to be honest. It’s a combination of the two, because usually both are needed to make a good song. No matter the topic, if an artist can express themselves in an interesting way, and send out something worthwhile, then their work becomes instantly more appealing. There seem to be so many artists that can create a catchy melody, but only a select few that can write engaging and great lyrics.

Illy is one of them.

Welcome to the chase, thats life man / What you can hold up in your left and your right hand / And it could change overnight with the right plan / With little more than a MacBook and a micstand, look where I took it.

Lights blurred, no safety belt / I’m on the chase, hard out man, success aint gonna make itself / And I ain’t gonna wake when I’m old / And regret that I woke out of a dream, just to chase the gold.

The clip is shot really well. Definitely worth checking out. Illy has the ability to rival the top of Australia’s scene, and with time he could just get there.

Don’t forget, you can check Illy out on his national tour if he hasn’t already passed you by! Details below!

ILLY – THE CHASE TOUR – REMAINING DATES!

FRIDAY 1 APRIL – FOWLERS LIVE, ADELAIDE (Lic AA)
With guests: Pagen Elypsis, Mase & Matic
Tickets from Moshtix 1300 438 849, www.moshtix.com.au and Moshtix outlets

SATURDAY 2 APRIL – THE CEMENT EVENT, KALGOORLIE (AA)
Tickets from www.ckb.wa.gov.au

THURSDAY 7 APRIL – MANNING BAR, SYDNEY (18+)
With guests: Dialetrix and The Tounge
Tickets from www.manningbar.com, Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets

FRIDAY 8 APRIL – ANU BAR, CANBERRA (18+)
With guests: Raw City Rukus, Purpose Motive & DJ Hacksaw
Tickets from Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

WEDNESDAY 25 MAY – PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY
Tickets from the venue, Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets, Heatseeker 08 6210 2850 www.heatseeker.com.au

THURSDAY 26 MAY – PLAYERS BAR, MANDURAH
Tickets from Star Surf Mandurah 08 9353 4500, Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.auand Oztix outlets, Heatseeker 08 6210 2850 www.heatseeker.com.au

FRIDAY 27 MAY – STUDIO 146, ALBANY
Tickets from Vibes Surf 08 9841 7577, Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets

SATURDAY 28 MAY – AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH
Tickets from Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets, Moshtix 1300 438 849, www.moshtix.com.au and Moshtix outlets

SUNDAY 29 MAY – THE NORFOLK HOTEL, FREMANTLE
Tickets from Star Surf Perth, Mills Fremantle; Planet Mt. Lawley, Heatseeker 08 6210 2850 www.heatseeker.com.au, Oztix 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au and Oztix outlets