Born: April 25, 1982 Primary Instrument: Arranger
Ill Poetic is the Girl Talk of Cincinnati with a voice of his own. We are proud to present the new hip-hop representation. An artist whose inspirations in album production range from Trent Reznor to Jay Dilla,
Ill Poetic distributes his mash-up albums via free download with the rest of his brethren. Most recently, his work includes a crossbreed of Joe Budden and Portishead (never thought I’d speak those words in the same sentence) titled Mood Music’sThird and a Nine Inch Nails and Outkast trip-hop sampling record called Nine Inch Nailiens (obvious much?). In the hip-hop community, he’s been tagged by VIBE and Rolling Stone, while locally, he’s been nominated for several awards due to skills both on the mic and on the boards.
Ohio-born Tim Gmeiner, adopted his new home city of Cincinnati with a new name. As one-half of the underground phenomenon, Definition made that namesake stick for himself as a certified emcee. Whilst solo, his debut Illumination and follow-up The World Is Ours shed new light on an artist whose talent to rhyme had been recently overshadowed by a knack for mixing records that otherwise would have never been on the same shelf in some arenas.
As Ill Poetic, the creativity flows from the lips with soul, much like an early Wyclef Jean. Though, he has a modern twist that could link him to styles such as GZA or Cannibal Ox. Where will he pop up next? Only time will tell, but let us hope for our sake he gets some serious notice by serious people who (like him) don’t take themselves too damn seriously. Hot off a 15-city national and European tour in 2007, the new sensation began carving out some new material, collaborating with Illogic, Wordsworth and Blitz the Ambassador for new LPs. One of which, Illogic’s “Diabolical Fun”, was released in Spring 2009 to another tour and glowing reviews. With all this in mind, we hope to hear more soon. Here’s to the new hip-hop!
Awards:Awards: Nominated for 2 Ohio hip-hop awards in 2007: male hip-hop artist, album of the year Nominated for 2 Cincinnati hip-hop awards in 2007: hip-hop artist, album of the year Nominated for 1 Cincinnati hip-hop award in 2008: hip-hop artist Nominated for 1 Ohio hip-hop award in 2009: best producer
He breaks down the wall or boredom that most people perceive Underground Hip-Hop to be, and brings us a soulful, nearly classic album, with very few missteps.
FullMetal @ hiphopremix.com
his introspective-gazing-but-outward-reaching lyricism is appreciated, but it’s his beats that really shine
At long last, someone saw fit to fill the iPod of the ghoul in Edvard Munch's The Scream. It's like, he's scary, but he needs to work out, too. This mash-up of Joe Budden and the new Portishead record should be just the thing.
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