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Ill Skillz In The Hood

Monday, March 31st, 2008

They sound very West Coast. No, not Langebaan. California. They openly call each other ‘dawg’ and hype the crowd with ‘yo’s and yo, you know what, homes? Thank God. That someone’s out there doing what everyday people obviously wanna hear without pretence. Ill Skillz are the newest and hottest jazz-hop act to hit Mother City shores, and damn son, they know how to hit it.

Ill skills in the hood
Ill Skillz in your Neighbourhood (Long St, CT)

Check out the 5fm charts if you wanna see what we’re being fed. At least these guys are keeping it local. With a pair of mikes belonging to upfront rappers Tommy Jinx and Jimmy Flexx. No seriously, the (aptly named) Neighbourhood was the spot to be on Saturday night for a fusion of jazz and hip hop surprisingly mature for a bunch of upstarts from Gugs. Backing up the rhymebusters are sax, bass, keyboards, two ladies on vocals, UCT Scratch Champ DJ Nick Knucklez on turntables. That’s about all there is to say without checking the vids.

Wanna know more? Check the Overtone gig guide for upcoming shows. Also catch the interview we did with Mr Tommy Jenks, and check out the pics below, yo. Peace.

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