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Illy

Australian rapper Illy defied the "haters" to make resolutely commercial, pop-influenced hip-hop that eventually snagged him a major-label deal and a number one album. Born Alasdair Murray on September 6, 1986 and brought up in the beachfront Melbourne suburb of Frankston, Illy was a teenage tearaway who barely scraped through school. He got his start in hip-hop at just 13 with the local Crooked Eye Crew, with whom he released his first "mixtape" CD. Illy held down a succession of low-paying jobs before deciding to finally knuckle down -- he applied to law school and emerged some years later with a degree. Eventually, the Crooked Eye Crew split up after each of its members became too busy with their own projects, and Illy decided to pursue a solo career. He signed to the Obese label and released his debut solo album, Long Story Short, in 2009. From the outset, his music was based on strong melodic hooks and his louche, laid-back, sing-speak flow. The album hit the urban chart but did not bother the pop chart. However, he built exposure by embarking on a nationwide tour, and his sophomore effort, The Chase, released the following year, did much better, going to number 25 on the main chart.

2012's Bring It Back was his breakthrough album, going to number 15 upon release and winning him an ARIA Award (the Australian Grammys) for best urban album. Following its release, he left Obese to set up his own label, OneTwo, and signed a licensing deal with Warner Music for the release of his fourth album, 2013's Cinematic. The album was largely produced by his former Crooked Eye crewmate M-Phazes, who had since become a big name in his own right, contributing beats to the likes of Eminem. It was more "pop" than ever before, as Illy broadened his songwriting palette, and featured collaborations with numerous guest vocalists including the Hilltop Hoods, Drapht, Daniel Merriweather, and Scarlett Stevens. The album hit number five on the chart and went gold. Illy's streak of success continued with his 2016 album Two Degrees. His most pop-oriented to date, it gave him his biggest hit yet, going to number one and producing the number two single "Papercuts," featuring Vera Blue. Produced once again by M-Phazes, it also featured Rudimental's Anne-Marie on the track "Catch 22" and was nominated for no fewer than six ARIA awards. ~ John D. Buchanan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Two Degrees

1. Forget It

2. Looks Could Kill

3. Hazard To Myself (Feat. Sir The Baptist)

4. Oh My (Feat. Jenna McDougall)

5. Papercuts (Feat. Vera Blue)

6. Lightshow

7. Two Degrees

8. Catch 22 (Feat. Anne-Marie)

9. Extra Extra (Feat. Mike Waters)

10. You Say When (Feat. Marko Penn)

11. Truce

12. Highway

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Track List: HVD - EP (Explicit)

1. Interlude For Love

2. Handcuffs (Feat. CL & ToneNation)

3. Say It Back

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Track List: Cinematic

1. Opening Night

2. One For The City

3. Youngbloods

4. On & On

5. Coming Down

6. No Tomorrow

7. Tightrope

8. Talk

9. Save Me

10. YoYo

11. Am Yours

12. Cinematic

13. More Than Gold

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Track List: Bring It Back (Explicit)

1. Bring It Back

4. Where It Starts

6. Where Is My Mind, Pt 2

7. Check It Out

8. Say It To Me

10. Heard It All

11. Coming Home

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Track List: Long Story Short

1. Generation Y

2. Black Cap Rap

3. Full Tank

4. My Way

5. Rock Star S**t

6. Pictures

7. This Or That

8. Our Country

9. Red Light Green Light

10. Brother

11. For You

12. Dumb It Down

13. Long Story Short

14. All Around The World

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Track List: Papercuts (Single)

1. Papercuts (Feat. Vera Blue)

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Track List: The Chase (Explicit)

1. Go

2. Guess I Could

3. It Can Wait

4. On The Bus

5. Cigarettes

6. Without A Doubt

7. We Don't Care

8. Numbers Game

9. Feel Something

10. Put 'Em In The Air

11. Diamonds

12. The Chase

13. I Know

14. Same Number, Same Hood

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Track List: Where Ya Been (Single)

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Ono iiiiy cfcfcgc
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Chill to the brims illy your the grates
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altetly
Keep hittin' em bro
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Aussie Aussie Aussie!
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Illy your so clean at rapping are you British or Australian cx?
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We Don't Care.
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Call me I melt glass! 4234561
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My Way.
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To snohjeric.. Yes you are if you're anyone worth knowing...
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this guy is so trill, I see why h goes by ILLY
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Mason's handshake aussie brethren
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I think your lyrics are truly inspired. your voice is sexy. I wish I could see you live. Thanks for sharing your music. one love
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Haha that accent doe ! Spit that fire son ^.^
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I am in love for sure with this song
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This is one hell of a song I love it and its very deep.
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keenalee13
Dope... :D
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I can definitely rock with this. Nice.
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where is bring it back
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I love Cigarettes and Same City, Same Hood. Vibe music.
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It can wait is his best song
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Listen! I said f**king listen!!! Drake and Lil Asthma r fake...this is f**king rap...dipshi t s -_-
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Illy is the s**t.
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Illy never disappoints .. dope s**t
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You can tell he's Australian if you listen..
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Wt doesilly
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snohjeric
Hmmm. Are we supposed to know who he is?

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